Bart van der Leck (1876-1958)
Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's… Read more PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF HUGO TUTEIN NOLTHENIUS (1863-1944) (Lots 9-33) Christie´s is pleased to offer part of the important collection of Hugo Tutein Nolthenius. Tutein Nolthenius was a chemist by training who went into industry and from 1898 to 1920 was the director of the Calvé fine oil factory (NOF) in Delft. He was a man of many talents, who enjoyed driving cars, skating, and had a passion for art. He himself was an amateur photographer, ceramist and glass-painter, but he was also a patron of the arts and one of the early 20th century´s great Dutch collectors. Hugo Tutein Nolthenius grew up in a household which appreciated art, as it had been one of the interests of his banker father. In the early 1880´s Hugo attended the Polytecnic School in Delft, and it is likely that he attended the classes given by the professor of decorative arts Adolf le Comte, who was an innovator in the field of ceramics. Later Hugo had his own kiln and experimented with his nephew Harm Kamerlingh Onnes and with Bart van der Leck to produce ceramics. His interest in art even spilt over into his professional life, and in 1894 Tutein Nolthenius commissioned an advertising poster from Jan Toorop, which advertised ´Delftsche Slaolie´ for the NOF Company. This lithograph is the best known examples of Dutch Art Nouveau(Fig. 1). For his own home in Delft Hugo Tutein Nolthenius commissioned stained glass windows from Johan Thorn Prikker, as well as portraits of himself and his sister and brother. In addition to the works he commissioned, Tutein Nolthenius also collected both Chinese works of art, and work by sculptors as John Rädecker, Jan Altorf, Lambertus Zijl and Joseph Mendes da Costa, paintings by Floris Verster, Menso Kamerlingh Onnes, Bart van der Leck, Jacob Maris, Isaac Israëls, Chris Beekman and Vincent van Gogh. Tutein Nolthenus owned twelve paintings by Van Gogh,´The Potato eaters' was among them (now in the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo). Hugo Tutein Nolthenius was adviced by Hendricus Petrus Bremmer (1871-1956), the artist, collector, author, teacher, and the most important Dutch art advisor and art critic of the first half of the 20th century. Tutein Noltenius´ sister Julie followed Bremmer´s art classes and so Bremmer and Tutein Nolthenius made their acquaintance. At a certain point the collection of Tutein Nolthenius was considered to be so important that Bremmer organised lectures based upon the collection in 1924-25. Another known pupil of H.P. Bremmer was zealous collector Helene Kröller-Müller, who bought her first three paintings by Vincent van Gogh under Bremmer´s guidance in 1909. Their alliance resulted in one of the largest private Dutch collections of modern art, which now forms the core of the Kroller-Muller museum in Otterlo. Bremmer encouraged and supported many young modern artists during his life. Both Bart van der Leck and Piet Mondriaan were supported financially and Bremmer would advice his wealthy clientele to purchase work by artists as Charley Toorop, John Rädecker, Lambertus Zijl, Gino Severini and Odilon Redon. Other artists were advised by Bremmer on how and what to paint. Bremmer was extremely influential, which is reflected in many Dutch public and private collections, such as the collection presented in this sale. Hugo Tutein Nolthenius was generous with his collection and allowed objects from it to go on public exhibition on a number of occasions. In 2008 part of the collection was exhibited in Delft at the Prinsenhof in order to celebrate both the collector and his remarkable collection.
Bart van der Leck (1876-1958)

De Ruiter

Bart van der Leck (1876-1958)
De Ruiter
photo-lithograph in colours, 1918-19, on wove paper, signed in pen, with margins, printed by W. Scherjon, Utrecht, the sheet glued down onto the mount in places, the sheet somewhat time-stained, creasing in places, glue remnants in lower margin, paper scuffing in lower right corner, otherwise in good condition
S. 830 x 330 mm.; L. 795 x 285 mm.
Hugo Tutein Nolthenius, Delft.
By descent from the above to the present owner.
D. Dooijes, P. Brattinga, A history of the Dutch poster 1890-1960, Amsterdam 1968, no. 155 (illustration of another version).
A.W. Purvis, Dutch graphic design 1918-1945, New York 1992, p. 28 (illustration of another version).
Jan Juffermans, Met stille trom, Beeldende kunst en Utrecht sinds 1900, Utrecht 1996, p. 38. (illustration of another version).
Delft, Museum Het Prinsenhof, Hugo Tutein Nolthenius (1863-1944), portret van een Delftsch kunstverzamelaar, 13 September - 30 November 2008.
Special notice
Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
Sale room notice
Please note that the literature by W.C. Feltkamp and R.W.D. Oxenaar mentioned in the bibliography actually refers to the oil painting of the same subject and not to the present lot.

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Lot Essay

The original painting of the same composition was created in 1918 and was right away purchased by Helene Kröller-Müller for her collection. A photo-lithographic print was produced in 1919 to be used as a poster (with two text banners added) for the exhibition of Van der Leck's work Voor de Kunst (For Art) in Utrecht.
'De Ruiter' embodies Van der Leck's complete reduction of forms to their base components. The image of a rider on a horse is depicted by means of associated fragmented angular shapes whose only context is a blue strip of line suggesting sky and two red rectangles suggesting a base or ground for the image.

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