Bart van der Leck (1876-1958)
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Bart van der Leck (1876-1958)

Mother and child

Bart van der Leck (1876-1958)
Mother and child
signed and dated 'BvdLeck '52-'55' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
108 x 68 cm.
Painted circa 1952-1955.
Family of the artist.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, Amsterdam, 4 December 2001, lot 222.
with Kunsthandel Simonis & Buunk, Ede, where acquired by the previous owners.
W.C. Feltkamp, B.A. van der Leck. Leven en werken, Leiden [1956], p. 96 (no. 154).
Onno Maurer, Gerdy Seegers (a.o.), 2007, pp. 178-179, no. 64.
Rotterdam, Museum Boymans & Rotterdamsche Kunstkring, Nationale tentoonstelling 5 mei, 7 April - 6 May 1956, no. 39.
Venice, Padiglione delle Nazioni - Olanda, XXVIII. Biennale Internazionale d'Arte di Venezia, 16 June - 21 October 1956, no. 23.
Otterlo, Rijksmuseum Kröller-Möller, Bart van der Leck 1876-1958, 18 July - 5 September 1976.
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Bart van der Leck, 24 September - 8 November 1976, no. S. 81 (illustrated).
Berlin, Nationalgalerie, Bart van der Leck, 1876-1958, 24 February - 27 March 1977, no. 49 (S. 81).
Amersfoort, Museum Flehite, Jongkind tot van der Leck, de passie van een collectioneur, Collectie Kamerbeek, 21 January – 9 April 2007, no. 64.
Amersfoort, Mondriaanhuis, Bang voor rood, geel en blauw?, 14 October 2012 - 10 March 2013.
Hilversum, Museum Hilversum, Daarom 't Gooi, 30 September 2013 - 24 January 2014.
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Lot Essay

In 1956 W.C. Feltkamp - a cousin of H.P. Bremmer, Van der Leck's lifelong patron - published the first, by our standards rather hagiographic, biography of Van der Leck. Although he mentions the Mother and child only in passing, Feltkamp's treatment of several paintings executed around the same time reflects the atmosphere in which they were made, the goals that inspired them, and the appreciation Van der Leck must have enjoyed towards the end of his life. The following excerpts may serve to illustrate this point.

"But first, a painter has to feel something intensely himself, and secondly, he must find a form that effectively conveys what he feels, a form that arouses the same sentiments in us, by other means than through association. Van der Leck's previous work demonstrates that he already possessed a basis of pure conviction. But here, on that basis, he treats his subject in such a way as to evoke in us a sense of that joyful future [...]

The remarkable thing is that, through his blocks of colour, Van der Leck keeps his representation two-dimensional and adjusts his picture-space accordingly, while suggesting depth without perspective [...] Nor does his form become rigid, in spite of the blocks, because everywhere there are accents of what he sees, and they keep the image lively [...] Though his followers may also start 'thinking in blocks', never could they achieve anything like the power of suggestion through which Van der Leck creates movement and, above all, joy [...]

From W.C. Feltkamp, B.A. van der Leck. Leven en werken, Leiden [1956], pp. 78-86.

We kindly thank Cees Hilhorst for his help in cataloguing the present lot.

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