L'Écuyère by Leo Gestel
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L'Écuyère 1926

Leo Gestel

48 ⨯ 63 cm
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About the artwork

Pastel on paper
48.5 x 63 cm.
Signed and dated: lower right "Leo Gestel 1926".

Provenance: long-term loan Museum Boijmans and Van Beuningen 1990-2006; Virginie Regnault; auct. Paul Brandt, "Collection P.A. Regnault ’Amsterdam, 1958, cat. no. 166 (ill) (Virginie Regnault has reasoned the painting); Collection, P.A. Regnault.

Exhibited: Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum) "Leo Gestel", 1946 .; Heerlen (Raadhuis Heerlen) "Modern masters from the collection of P.A. Regnault’s may-june 1951; Laren, (Singer Museum) "Leo Gestel", 1993; Ghent, Museum of Fine Arts, Relationship and Individuality, 2002.

Literature: W. van der Pluijm, Leo Gestel, pl. 34; J. Slagter, Sint Lucas Series, pl. 17; M.E.Th. Estourgie-Beijer, Leo Gestel, painter and draftsman, Zwolle, 1993, p. 78, ill 77; M. Lambrechts, Relationship & Individuality: Belgian and Dutch art 1890-1945, Amsterdam 2002, p. 46, cat no. 46.

About the Artist - 13 more artworks

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.

The Art Style of Leo Gestel

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.