Thursday 10 July 2014

The Stedelijk Museum, Art before 1960 - part 2

The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Art before 1960 - part 2.

Alexander Calder, Untitled, 1959 (painted aluminium and steel wire)


Alexander Calder, Suspended Composition of Small Leaves, 1947, (painted aluminium and steel rods)

Influenced by the De Stilj movement, Calder translated Mondrian's asymmetrical compositions into three-dimensional moving mobiles.


Georges Bracque, Pitcher and Three Bottles, 1908 (oil on canvas)

Fernand Leger, The Three Comrades, 1920 (oil on canvas)


Leo Gestel, Cubist Female Figure, 1913 (oil on canvas)

Marc Chagall, Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers, 1912-13, (oil on canvas)


Marc Chagall, The Fiddler, 1912-13, (oil on canvas)

Robert Delaunay, Circular Forms, Sun, Moon, 1912-13, (oil on canvas)
Like other avant-garde painters at the beginning of the 20th century, Delaunay departed from traditional methods of suggesting depth and light. Colour was the most important visual means of giving form to reality for him. This painting is an example of how contrasts can exist in a work of art, the effect of the contrasts evoking the suggestion of light, depth and movement.

Heinrich Campendonk, Man with Flower, 1918, (oil on canvas)

Erich Heckel, Still Life with Wooden Figure, 1910, (paint on jute)

Wassily Kadinsky, Improvisation 33 (Orient I), 1913, (oil on canvas)

Wassily Kadinsky, Painting with Houses, 1909, (oil on canvas)

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Landscape at Dangast, 1910, (paint on canvas)

Jan Sluijters, Bal Tabarin, 1907, (oil on canvas)
Fascinated with the new phenomenon of electric light, Sluijters elected to devote the majority of the canvas to the quality of light in the ballroom. Working to capture light and colour in rhythmical brushstrokes, in the style that would come to be known as 'Dutch Luminism', Sluijters has come to be seen as one of the leading pioneers of Dutch painting.

Claude Monet, The House among the Roses, 1925-26, (oil on canvas)

Paul Cezanne, La Montagne Sainte-Victoire, 1888 (oil on canvas)
Typical of Cezanne's mode of painting, the fields and crops in this landscape are blocks of colour painted with short strokes. The unpainted canvas is still visible between brushstrokes. He created an impression of depth using warm tones in the foreground and cooler shades in the mountains and sky.


Pierre Bonnard, L'Esterel, 1917, (oil on canvas)


Vincent Van Gogh, Two Peasants Digging, 1889, (oil on canvas)


  1. Always a pleasure to see work by old favourites.

    1. Indeed. I particularly liked the Monet and the Van Gogh and it was a real pleasure seeing the early Kadinskys.

  2. I have a print of a lady posing with her head leaning on her hand and wearing a head scarf or hat by Swedish artist Helmar masolle, do you know if it's a print, as it's signed.

    1. What a lovely thing to have in your possession. I'm afraid I have no idea if it's a print you would need to show it to a specialist. In the meantime, enjoy!