Still Life with Books and Chinese Vase

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
21-5/8 x 25-3/4 in.
Credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Accession number
1992.1
Collection
Currently On View In
Robert H. and Ina M. Mohlman Gallery - H209

Neo-Impressionism was developed by Georges Seurat in France, but his methods also inspired enthusiastic followers in Holland and Belgium. Bremmer, one of the leading Dutch Neo-Impressionists, specialized in still lifes, a subject well suited to his precise, dotted brushwork and intricate transitions of color and pattern. In this elegant arrangement of books and ceramics, Bremmer used the folds of the tablecloth to emphasize the contrasts of light and shadow.

The letters MRT at lower right are an abbreviation for the Dutch word for March, indicating that Bremmer painted the canvas in March 1895.

By inheritance to son of artist, Floris Bremmer [1902-1981], The Hague, in 1956; by inheritance to daughter-in-law of artist, Mrs. Annie A. Bremmer, nee Hollmann [1895-1989], the Hague, in 1981; {1} Christie's Amsterdam sale, 1990{2}; (Ellen Melas Kyriazi, Art Research Consultants, London) in 1990 {3}; {2} acquired from her in 1992 by the IMA{4}.

{1}For documentation on the Bremmer family and the chain of inheritance of this painting and others, see the auction catalogue Impressionist and Modern Art from the Collection of the Late Mrs. A.A. Bremmer-Hollmann, The Hague, Christie's Amsterdam, 12 December 1990.
{2} See above cited auction catalogue, Christie's Amsterdam, 12 December 1990, lot 218 (ill.)
{3} A note in the Historical File suggested that Ellen Melas Kyriazi, also known as Ellen Josefowitz, obtained this painting at the Amsterdam sale.
{4} IMA Temporary Receipt No. 7662.
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