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Expressionist Matthieu Wiegman

Expressionist Matthieu Wiegman - Lyklema Fine Art

Mattheus Johannes Marie 'Matthieu' Wiegman (Zwolle 1886-Bergen 1971) was an important Dutch expressionist and a moderate cubist. After completing the Rijksakademie, he arrived in Bergen in 1911, where he was one of the most important figures within the Bergen School, together with Leo Gestel and Arnout Colnot. At that time he was strongly inspired by the works of Paul Cézanne. Wiegman mainly painted figures, landscapes and still lifes. He also made monumental wall paintings, mosaics and stained glass windows.

Glas in lood - 1920

During his career, the Catholic Wiegman created many religious performances. The first dates back to 1909, De preking van Sint-Willibrordus. As a Catholic and innovator of religious art, he often traveled to Limburg, where he stayed in Maastricht, Rolduc or with his brother in Thorn.

Boerderij te Bunde - 1929-1930


He also regularly went to France to work there. First to Fleury-en-Bière near Barbizon, then to Brittany and Cagnes-sur-mer in the south of France. He made many paintings there, including of Renoir's house, which is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar. He was a member of the Dutch Artists' Circle. In 1918, at the age of 32, he was interviewed for a professorship at the Amsterdam Academy. His brother Piet Wiegman was also an expressionist painter.

Stilleven met appels

Especially in the last 20 years of his life, his works became more optimistic and colorful and he used the brightest and hardest colors, following Cézanne. His still lifes were inspired by his friend De Zarate. In Rapallo (It) in 1958 he placed a meter-sized mosaic of the angel Raphaël on the blank wall of a house belonging to Chris and 'Polletje' Dekker.'

Zelfportret Wiegman 1916


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