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Jan Wiegers (1893-1959)
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Jan Wiegers (1893-1959)

Seated nude

Jan Wiegers (1893-1959)
Seated nude
signed and dated 'Jan Wiegers '25' (lower right)
wax paint on canvas
70.5 x 55.5 cm.
Painted in 1925.
Mrs. J. Wiegers, Amsterdam, 1964.
Kunsthandel L. van Lier, Veere, 1967.
Anonymous sale, Hauswedell & Nolte, Hamburg, 4 December 1999, lot 1417. Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Herman Poort in: Das Kunstblatt, 12 (1928), p. 212.
Han Steenbruggen, Patty Wageman, Cees Hofsteenge, Jan Wiegers 1893-1959: de ceremoniemeester heeft het spel laten beginnen, Groningen, 2001, p. 152 (illustrated).
Davos, Kirchner Museum, Jan Wiegers 1893-1959: Die Schweizer Jahre, 2 June - 27 October 2002, no. 27.
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Jan Wiegers 1893-1959, 15 December 1960 - 25 January 1961, no. 16 (titled 'Zittend naakt').
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The artist's association De Ploeg was founded in 1918, without a formal or artistic agenda. At an early stage the group was inspired by Jan Wiegers. Wiegers' art had already turned towards expressionism, but it was not until he travelled to Switzerland that he was fully converted. Illness brought him to Davos in 1920-21, where he became acquainted with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, one of the main protagonists of German Expressionism. Kirchner's art, his theories and lifestyle made a lasting impression on Wiegers. In technique, colour and subject matter Wiegers drew inspiration from his work. Returning to Groningen Wiegers introduced his newly acquired style and wisdom to his friends Jan Altink (1885-1971), Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman (1882-1945) and Johan Dijkstra (1896-1978).

The nude is one of the central themes in Wiegers oeuvre. In the period from 1923 until 1926 Wiegers produced several wax paintings showing nudes, in which the sensuality is heightened through colour.

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