Harmen Hermanus MEURS (1891 – 1964)
Harmen Hermanus MEURS
(Dutch, born Wageningen 1891 – died Ermelo 1964)
“Spanish Farmer’s Woman with Straw Hat“
Oil on board, 82 by 65 cm
Harmen Hermanus Meurs was the fourth child of a wealthy merchant of rugs and furniture. In his childhood, he had his first painting lessons. His tutors were Louis Rademakers and August Felice. He could not wish to have a better education, because both these artists learnt him the importance of a perfect command of his craft. Meurs studied at the Royal School for Applied Arts in Amsterdam and did an additional study of one year at the Amsterdam Royal Academy. Once he had completed his studies, he mainly painted still lives, landscapes and scenes of life at the farm. Although in general his colouring is relatively light, his expression is dominantly dramatic. During his stays in France between 1915 and 1920, he painted many scenes of town life and figures, where the influences of expressionism and cubism are clearly perceptible in his work. He took part in exhibitions with contemporary painters, e.g. Jan Toorop, Kees van Dongen and Gustave de Smet.
Lit.: Dutch Art Lexicon P. Scheen, 1969, vol.2, page 43 – 44
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