'Summer landscape with farm in Heeze' by Jan Sluijters ('s Hertogenbosch 1881 - 1957 Amsterdam)


'Summer landscape with farm in Heeze' by Jan Sluijters ('s Hertogenbosch 1881 - 1957 Amsterdam)

This work is a perfect example of luminism which is a late-impressionist or neo-impressionist style in painting which devotes great attention to light effects. Sluijters painted many luminist landscapes and townviews which date from 1907 and 1908 which were composed of broad dots and strokes of bright, unmixed colors. In these works he emphasizes on the appearance and the sensation of light, where the free, expressive color keys determine the structure of the canvas. The luminism peaked in his paintings which he made in 1909 in Heeze and in 1910 in Laren.

In 1904 Sluijters won the prestigious award Prix de Rome. With this price he could study the art of the classics for four years. His drawn and painted impressions of a round trip through Italy and Spain which he made with his new wife Bertha Langerhorst, in 1905 and 1906, could still endorse the approval of the jury of the Prix. But the work he made in Paris was not approved at all, in the jury report they stated he rejected the academic ideal by saluting the f?alse ingenuity of the new French movement.
His stay in Paris in 1906 was, however, crucial for Sluijters. There he was grabbed by the work of the neo-impressionists and the Fauvists and that of artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Kees van Dongen. He took on the achievements of these painters like a sponge. With loose brush strokes and in bright colors, Sluijters expressed the Parisian Street-dynamically and café life in works as Café Olympia, Femmes qui s'embrassent and Bal Tabarin. Paintings which deemed too frivolous and too risky by a part of the Dutch public. It cost him his scholarship, but earned him  a lot of publicity - unintentionally – in The Netherlands. Once back in Amsterdam in november 1906, he had already set a name for himself as a pioneer of the Dutch modernism.
The vehement reactions from the conservative critics – his paintings on exhibitions were often denied – did not bring Sluijsters to restrain his curiousity. On the contrary, he continued experimenting with all kinds of new, modernist forms of expression and processed these into a mostly own, recognizable style of painting.  His paintings feature nude studies, portraits, landscapes, and still lifes.

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Private Collection, The Netherlands
Jan Sluijters
35 x 30 cm