• Impressionist and Modern Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2828

    Impressionist and Modern Art

    17 November 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 172

    Jan Altink (1885-1971)

    Zaaier, tegenlicht: working the land

    Price Realised  


    Jan Altink (1885-1971)
    Zaaier, tegenlicht: working the land
    signed and dated 'J. Altink/,25' (lower left)
    wax paint on canvas
    55 x 64 cm.

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    The present lot is part of a series of landscape paintings from circa 1925, a peak in Altink's oeuvre. Altink made his best works outdoors. As de Gruyter states: 'air and wind were essential to him. When the sun shivers 'I like to go out' (in: W.J. de Gruijter, op.cit., p. 22). From 1924 on there is a change in Altink's work. His colours become brighter and the forms more simple. Altink now developed his own expressionism; drawn along by Expressionism, which Wiegers had introduced, he remains realistic and naturalistic, depending on direct visual impressions. The use of wax paint that Jan Wiegers introduced to Altink seemed excellent for his landscape paintings and the plough men, haymakers and sowers he depicted in raw brush strokes and intense colours. Around 1925 Altink made his best work. He was extremely productive during that period.

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    Mr. Johan van Zweden, Arnhem.


    W.J. de Gruijter, Jan Altink, Zaandam 1978, cat.no. 15, ill..


    Arnhem, Gemeentemuseum, Jan Altink, 12 December 1965-6 February 1966, cat.no. 1 (where dated 1923).
    The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Jan Altink, 1969, cat.no. 14/1.
    Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum, Jan Altink, 10 September-29 October 1978.