About the artwork
Provenance: coll. Michel Seuphor, Paris.
Literature: tent.cat. Amsterdam, Kunstzaal Monet, 'Lubbers', 1963, cat.nr. 1 (image.); Adriaan Venema, 'Adriaan Lubbers' New York', Mijdrecht 1980, pag. 14, image pag. 39; tent.cat. Deurne, Gemeentemuseum De Wieger, 'Adriaan Lubbers (1892-1954): … zie hier mijn nieuw adres …', 1988, pag. 10, image 3; Ankie de Jongh-Vermeulen e.a., 'Mondrian - Montparnasse', pag. 23, image 24 (in colour); tent.cat. Zwolle, Museum De Fundatie, ‘Van Gogh tot Cremer – Nederlandse kunstenaars in Parijs’, 2014, afb. in colour pag. 94.
Exhibition: Bergen aan Zee, Het Russenduin, '25 jaar Bergen aan Zee', juni-aug. 1931, cat.nr. 75; Amsterdam, Kunstzaal Monet, 'Lubbers', 1 t/m 30 march 1963; Amersfoort, Mondriaanhuis, on loan Simonis & Buunk Kunsthandel, Ede, 11 jul-10 oct. 2004; Amersfoort, Mondriaanhuis, on loan Simonis & Buunk Kunsthandel, Ede, 8 aug.-13 okt. 2005; Amersfoort, Mondriaanhuis, 'Abstractie in Parijs', 15 oct. 2005-8 jan. 2006; Bergen aan Zee, Stichting 100 jaar Bergen aan Zee in villa Huize Glory, 'Reconstructie herdenkingstentoonstelling 25-jarig bestaan Bergen aan Zee in kasteel Russenduin, juni-augustus 1931', 6 june-2 jul 2006; Zwolle, Museum De Fundatie, ‘Van Gogh tot Cremer – Nederlandse kunstenaars in Parijs’, 21 sept. 2014-4 jan. 2015.
The Dutch artist Adriaan Lubbers was born in Amsterdam in 1892. He studied mechanical engineering at the MTS. His father, a well-to-do estate agent, wasn’t thrilled by the idea that Lubbers preferred an artistic career. That’s why Lubbers drew and painted in his free time. In 1914 he decided to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming an artist.
He worked alongside several painters as Leo van Gestel and his work in this period can be related to the Bergense School. From 1916-1919 and 1926-1928 Lubbers lived in New York and got inspired by the city. His works remain a great record of New York architecture and atmosphere between the first and second world wars. After America Lubbers lived in Paris, where he met Piet Mondriaan and his work.
Lubbers’ style is characterised by energetic expressionism and cubistic elements. He painted with rough brush strokes. Lubbers sometimes even used the back of his paintbrush to create lines.