About the artwork
Oil on canvas 53 x 80.5 cm, signed lower left and painted in ca. 1918
Herman Bieling (1887, Rotterdam – 1964, Rhoon), German name Hermann Friederich Bieling, was a Dutch artist of German descent. He was a painter, wall painter, glass painter, aquarellist, draughtsman, engraver, lithographer, woodcutter, sculptor. He trained at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten (Academy of Fine Arts), Rotterdam. His subjects are city views, church interiors, meadowland, beach views, still lifes, portraits, self-portraits. He became a member of the Haagse Kunstkring in 1918, the association of artists De Onafhankelijken (The Independents) in 1919, and he was a co-founder of De Kring van Beeldende Kunstenaars (The Circle of Visual Artists) R33. In that period he worked in a cubistic style. He travelled a lot, for instance to Corsica, Paris, Brittany, Morocco, Spain, America, Germany, Rome, London. Many of his works are included in the collections of museums: Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam; Arnhems Museum. He exhibited many times (a selection): Rotterdamse Kunstkring (1921; 1931), Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (1922), Kunstzaal Van Lier, Amsterdam (1936; 1967), Galerie Sfinx, Amsterdam (1968), Kunsthandel Smelik & Stokking, The Hague (1988).