A roller skating rink with Japanese lanterns by Leo Gestel
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A roller skating rink with Japanese lanterns 1910 - 1911

Leo Gestel

41 ⨯ 52 cm
€ 72.000

Simonis & Buunk

  • About the artwork
    Literature: Carole Denninger, 'Amsterdam – 365 stadsgezichten’, Bussum 2008, nr. 345 (colour image); Ingelies Vermeulen e.a., 'Nachtlicht. De schilders van het nieuwe licht 1880-1940', Haarlem 2010, colour image pag. 12, pag. 124; Niko Mulder, Jos Pronk, 'Acht eeuwen schaatsen in en om Amsterdam', Utrecht 2014, pag. 101, image 16.7 (in colour).

    Exhibitions: Nachtlicht', Deurne, Museum De Wieger, 18 dec. 2010-6 march 2011/Amersfoort, Museum Flehite, 12 march-5 june 2011.

    Leo Gestel’s work shows influences from Impressionism, Luminism, Fauvism and Cubism. His talent, however, ensures an entirely personal, Dutch interpretation of these international art movements. Along with Jan Sluijters he is considered one of the two leading Dutch modernists. After 1915 he worked mainly in Bergen and was part of the Bergen School. He is best known for his landscapes, still lifes and portraits. His work is represented in almost every leading Dutch museum.
  • About the artist

    Leo Gestel who was born in Woerden on the 11th of November in 1881, was a Dutch Painter. His father Willem Gestel was also an artist. Leo Gestel experimented with cubism, expressionism, futurism and postimpressionism. Along with Piet Mondrian, he was among the leading artists of Dutch modernism. As first, Gestel was educated and influenced in art by his father, Willem Gestel, the director of an art school, and his uncle, Dimmen Gestel, who had painted with Vincent van Gogh.

    While in Paris he came in contact with the avant-garde movement. In 1913 Herwarth Walden offered him the chance to exhibit work in the "Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon" in Berlin. It was typical for the artist Leo Gestel to spent the summer in Bergen, where he joined the Bergen School. In 1929 the majority of his works were lost when a fire destroyed his studio; he then moved to Blaricum. During his thirties, he was often ill due to suffering from stomach problems. In 1941, Leo Gestel died at the age of sixty after a suffering a long illness in Hilversum on the 26th of November in 1941.

    Leo Gestel developed a luministic art style at the beginning of his career, which he used to paint landscapes around Woerden in the Netherlands. Later in life, he switched to a more cubist art style and lastly when he was reaching the end of his life, he expressed more of an expressionist style. He was also influenced by Fauvism.

    Gestel also liked to draw comic scenes and caricatures. He sent many postcards with funny drawings. In these drawings, he figured himself as the leading role in dire or bizarre situations, for example during moving. Due to financial problems, Gestel created advertisements for illustrated books.

    Public collections:

    Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, Alkmaar
    Drents Museum, Assen
    Museum De Hallen, Haarlem
    Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
    Singer Laren, Laren
    Kröller-Müller museum, Otterlo
    Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo
    Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle.

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