• Lot 29

    Wim Oepts (1904-1988)

    De Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc

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    Wim Oepts (1904-1988)
    De Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc
    signed and dated 'Oepts-84' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    54.5 x 65.5 cm.
    Painted in 1984


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    Provenance

    The estate of the artist.
    Acquired from the above by the present owners.


    Pre-Lot Text

    A COLLECTION OF WORKS BY WIM OEPTS (Lots 29-35)


    Literature

    M-L. Van Aubel, M. Jooren & C. Roodenburg-Schadd, Wim Oepts, Zwolle, 2011, no. SK.492, pp. 126, 236 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Paris, Institut Néerlandais, Wim Oepts, tableaux et gravures, 19 April - 20 May 1984.


    Post Lot Text

    Wim Oepts was a Dutch painter, born as the first child in a big art loving family on 2 December 1904 in Amsterdam. At the age of fourteen he started working in a metal construction company. During those years, he spent a lot of his spare time on drawing and painting and he decided to quit his job in 1924 to focus completely on art. This choice resulted in many friendships with other artists like Charley Toorop, Pyke Koch and Kurt Schwitters. They all spent many weekends together at the house of Toorop. These friendships made him popular in the art scene, seen the many exhibitions organized for his work in the 1920’s. In his early career he painted in a realistic style much inspired by Toorop, with the city as his main subject, depicting places where people would come together, like stations and cinemas. After a few years he left Amsterdam for Belgium and later he moved to Paris to increase his success. After living and working in the city for a while, Oepts decided in the 1950’s to leave Paris for the summers to go to the South of France with his new wife Marthe Caudal. Here he came under the influence of French painters like Matisse and Bonnard. After the South of France became too touristic, they spent their summers in the outback. He would make sketches and when he was back in Paris he used these for his paintings. The peak of his artistic career was in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He was known for his colourful impressions of the French landcsape.