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Jan Wittenberg

Amaryllis, 1931

Typical of Jan Wittenberg’s (1886-1963) still lifes is the centred composition, a split background and often a white object on a white surface. The nuanced colour variations in this work bring a subtlety to the depth and lighting. What appears to be white is not white everywhere, but sometimes sligh ... tly grey, blue, or light yellow. The work has been painted with great attention to detail. By somewhat stylising the objects in his works, Wittenberg imbued his paintings and prints with a businesslike, hushed tone. He was famous for his still lifes, but he also enjoyed painting landscapes, animals and young children. The work of Wittenberg is often compared with that of his contemporaries Jan Mankes (1889-1920) and Floris Verster (1861-1927), both renowned still life painters. Wittenberg is also counted among the artists who mainly painted still lifes from the 1920s onwards and who are seen as the ‘New Realists’, as are Dick Ket (1902-1940) and Raoul Hynckes (1893-1973). Long-term loan from the Cultural Heritage Agency. Text: Evelien Verheij, collection coordinator
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Jan Wittenberg
Oil on canvas
68.5 x 58 cm (h x w)
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