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    Sale 2773

    Twentieth Century Art

    4 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 32

    Kaspar Niehaus (DUTCH, 1889-1974)

    Promenade aan de Amstel, Amsterdam

    Price Realised  


    Kaspar Niehaus (DUTCH, 1889-1974)
    Promenade aan de Amstel, Amsterdam
    oil on canvas laid down on board
    100 x 130 cm.
    Painted circa 1925-30.

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    Kasper Niehaus painted this composition more than once. The other version is now in the collection of the Haags Gemeentemuseum.

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    Pre-Lot Text


    Kaspar Niehaus was well known in the Dutch art scene of the first half of the last century as an artist, but also as an influential art critic of the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, for which he worked from 1918 until 1953.
    Niehaus was born in 1889 in Groningen and was educated at the Royal
    Academy of Art in Amsterdam. In 1911 he traveled to Paris in the
    company of John Rädecker, Jacob Bendien and Hildo Krop.
    In 1953, Niehaus decided to stop writing and to dedicate himself
    entirely to painting. He developed a very personal style based upon the principle that he would only paint "schone menschen in een schone
    natuur" ("beautiful people in a beautiful nature"). In his idealistic
    landscapes man and animal seem to live in an eternal state of paradise. Niehaus' predilection for monumental, classicist compositions shows his admiration for artists as Poussin, Puvis de Chavannes and Seurat. The
    latter's Dimanche à la Grande Jatte probably inspired Niehaus'
    best known work Summerday at the Amstel, now in the Haags
    Gemeentemuseum, which can be compared with lot 34.(See for more
    information on the artist: Ype Koopmans (red.), Het aardse paradijs
    van Kasper Niehaus 1889-1974
    , Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem,
    Arnhem 2007)


    Arnhem, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Het aardse paradijs van Kasper Niehaus 1889-1974, 14 July-16 September 2007.