• Lot 81

    Jan Sluijters (1881-1957)

    Gertrud Leistikow dancing

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    Jan Sluijters (1881-1957)
    Gertrud Leistikow dancing
    signed 'Jan Sluijters' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    115 x 131 cm.
    Painted circa 1920

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    Modern city life has been an inspiration for Sluijters in many of his paintings. He had painted dancers before, but from 1918 on he found new inspiration in the form of Gertrud Leistikow (1885-1948). Leistikow was a Polish dancer, who came to the Netherlands in 1918. She opened dance studios in The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam and became a well-known figure in the artistic circles in Amsterdam. She befriended other artists such as Else Berg and Mommie Schwarz, for whom she was a great inspiration as well. She was an important promoter of 'Ausdruckstanz'. This was an expressive form of dancing, which, as opposed to classical ballet, used the body in a free way to represent emotions. Leistikow danced naked or half naked to put emphasis to her body, as can be seen in the representations made by Sluijters.

    Her tall, flexible and lean body inspired Sluijters to use Leistikow as a model on many occasions in various sketches, drawings and paintings. In the present work we see a dancer in a bright red dress. Her breasts are not covered by the red fabric. The position of the arms and legs is very expressive and we clearly recognize these movements in other works the artist made of Leistikow. For instance Danseres from the Nardic Collection (fig.1). The background or décor shows the same expressive elements: bright pink, red, yellow and blue colours in combination with the movement of the dancer make this work truly vibrant. Typical for the women in the paintings in the years after 1917 is the mannerist way they are represented. Before that time Sluijters focused on a more colourful naturalistic representation of the female and after 1923 he went back the a more sober naturalistic way. In the years between the women had long arms and legs and were often positioned in decorative poses. Sluijters was well acquainted with the work of Kees van Dongen, who was a great inspiration to him.

    Included in the digital Catalogue Raisonné on the artist's work by the RKD - Netherlands Institute for Art History: sluijters.rkdmonographs.nl.

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    Greet Sluijters-van Cooten, Amsterdam.
    Elisa Kuijper-Sluijters, Amsterdam.
    Douwes Fine Art, Amsterdam.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1989.


    J. Juffermans, Jan Sluijters, Mijdrecht 1981, p. 65 (illustrated).
    D. Colen, J. de Raad, Jan Sluijters, schilder met verve, Zwolle 1999, no . 171 (illustrated p. 149).
    J. de Raad (a.o.), Jan Sluijters 1881-1957, Bussum 2011 (illustrated p. 127).


    Eindhoven, Van Abbemuseum, Jan Sluijters, 24 March - 25 May 1938, no. 18.
    Assen, 't Zaaltje, Tentoonstelling van werken van wijlen Jan Sluijters, 20 July - 1 October 1957, no. 14.
    Groningen, Pictura, Eretentoonstelling van werken van Jan Sluijters, 6 October - 28 October 1957, no. 16.
    Den Helder, Raadzaal Den Helder, Jan Sluijters en tijdgenoten, 12 June - 27 June 1959.
    's-Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, Jan Sluijters, 11 November 1971 - 17 December 1972, no. 39.
    Den Helder, Schouwburg Den Helder, Het theater in de beeldende kunst, 28 June - 31 August 1976.
    Heerlen, Raadhuis, Jan Sluijters, 7 September - October 1977, no. 17.