4 December 2007
Pieter Ouborg (DUTCH, 1893-1956)
signed, dated and inscribed with title 'P. Ouborg/1947' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
40 x 50 cm.
On loan to the Haags Gemeentemuseum from 1958 until 1992.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's Amsterdam, 21 May 1992, lot 276, where acquired by the present owner.
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L. ten Duis a.o., Piet Ouborg, schilder, Eindhoven 1990, no. 94, p. 84 (ill.), p. 109.
The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum , Piet Ouborg, 1955, no. 55.
1947 was to be an important year for the development of Piet Ouborg's oeuvre; a break through to abstract expressionist painting took place in his work. He found his own new form after nearly forty years of painting. This vibrant art was, however not only a personal breakthrough, with his work Ouborg held a unique position in the Dutch art of that time.
Although the change to abstract expressionism seemed to be a sudden breakthrough, in fact is was an entirely logical development that followed a natural course. He found a language to express his visions and dreams.
He wrote to Jetty Tielrooy on June 8, 1947 about the changes in form of the inner images: 'The oval, square, diamond-shape, rectangle and trapezoid populate my dreams. In addition to this, less perfect shapes. Looking for infinity that only wants to reckon with the first and the last things? Possibly, but most through colour I live the life of the senses and of open and suppressed urges and their sublimation.'
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