Spirit Blue – 120x140 cm – acrylverf op canvas
Art dealership EJ van Wisselingh & Co, founded in 1838, had branches in London and Amsterdam around 1900 (first on the Spui and later on the Rokin).
Around the turn of the century, the work of the most important Dutch and French artists from the second half of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century was traded there with high-profile transactions and exhibitions.
Some of the Dutch artists who sold many of their works at Van Wisselingh were Matthijs Maris, Marius Bauer, George Hendrik Breitner, Willem Witsen and Willem de Zwart. But famous works by Gustave Courbet, Daumier and Jongkind also changed hands here. Around the turn of the century, the firm also had a furniture workshop, where three artists, Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof, CA Lion Cachet and Theo Nieuwenhuis, worked. They designed interiors for mainly Amsterdam notables.
The workshop took care of its implementation. Many of these products are now among the most beautiful and richest objects made in the Netherlands in the New Art or Jugendstil period. A wonderful example of this is the so-called Nieuwenhuis room in the Rijksmuseum, which comes from an Amsterdam house.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, taste was not determined by museums, but mainly by the art trade and private collectors. Several of those collectors, who regularly bought paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints and furniture from Van Wisselingh, donated their collections to Dutch museums in the first half of the 20th century. For example, the Rijksmuseum acquired the collections of Van Lynden, Westerwoudt, Hoogendijk, Van Randwijk, Reich and Van Wezel, all of whom were Van Wisselingh's good customers.
Kunsthandel EJ van Wisselingh & Co specializes in Dutch and French masters from the 19th and 20th century. Owner Willem de Winter, sworn appraiser in art and antiques, established the company in Haarlem. In addition to participating in fairs outside the home, there is an annual spring and autumn sales exhibition at the office. In addition, works of art are also discreetly traded or brokered privately.
Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman (1882 – 1945)
Vogel voor Boom, 1943,
sjabloon druk, gesigneerd en gedateerd, 40 x 24,8 cm.
Litt.: J. Martinet, Hot printing, 1963, no. 43-83.