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Lovely Akkeringa

Lovely Akkeringa - Lyklema Fine Art

Impressionist painter Johannes Evert Akkeringa (Blinjoe 1861-1942 Amersfoort) grew up in a farming family and lost his father at a young age. After that, he and his two brothers were adopted by an aunt and moved from the Dutch East Indies to The Hague. In the spring of 1878, Akkeringa enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, where he befriended other artists such as Willem Zwart, Floris Verster, and Maurius Bauer. He likely came into contact with Isaac Israëls (1865-1934) during the same period, with whom he developed a close friendship.

The lessons at the Academy mainly included anatomical drawing, drawing from plaster models, perspective drawing, and composition. In addition to his studies, Akkeringa often painted outdoors, like many of his contemporaries. In January 1890, he won the Willink van Collenprijs with the watercolor 'A Walk in the Dunes'.

Akkeringa is known for his beautiful still lifes with flowers, but especially for his dune and beach scenes. His paintings depict working fisherwomen and playing children under a blue sky with high clouds. He also painted affluent Hague children playing in the dunes or on the beach, and intimate scenes of 'tea hours' with conversing figures in a green setting. His style is characterized by a fluent impressionistic approach, using vibrant colors and light effects to capture the atmosphere of his subjects.

Akkeringa has been a member of Pulchri since 1889 and of Arti et Amicitiae since 1894. He was also associated with the Hollandsche Teekenmaatschappij from 1897. In 1892, he was commissioned to create illustrations for a fairy tale collection, and he also provided illustrations for Elsevier.

His landscapes and flower still lifes were highly successful, and in 1903 he entered into a contract with the Amsterdam art dealer Van Wisselingh. This allowed his work to be exhibited and sold internationally, with exhibitions in cities such as London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Winnipeg. Although Akkeringa fell into obscurity after his death, his work has recently received more attention, with exhibitions and auctions bringing his art back into the spotlight. His work is still appreciated and regularly traded on the art market.
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