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Factual Wim Bosma

Wim Bosma (1902-1985) was a Dutch painter, graphic designer, watercolorist and muralist. As a self-trained painter in the 1930s, he felt strongly attracted to the 'wonders' of modern technology. Subjects such as railway viaducts, trains, boats and flying machines were his regular subjects, certainly until 1945. He is also called an industrial painter with his constructive expressionist style. There is a moderate cubism by André Lhote with lines and areas of color that emphasize the flatness of the canvas. Even though he was self-taught, he did receive some lessons from expressionist Piet van Wijngaerdt. Bosma had a studio at Stadhouderskade 100 in Amsterdam.

His most famous works date from the 1930s and realistically depict train stations and harbors in the style of the New Objectivity. Full of flair, Bosma divided his subject into geometric planes, horizontals and verticals. We often see as much as we don't about the subject itself. The limited use of color appears more graphic than painterly. His sleek business style is not inferior to his American contemporary Charles Sheeler.

As a lover of Jazz music, in the post-war period he developed a more abstract imagination inspired by African women and the Jazz scene. Bosma was a convinced communist and a member of the artists' association De Onhoudenen, until this association joined the Nederlandsche Kultuurkamer during the Second World War. His art can be seen in the Stedelijk, Centraal Museum and Museum More.

Wim Bosma-1930-Haven
Wim Bosma-1930-Harbour
Wim Bosma-Afrikaanse vrouwen
Wim Bosma-Afrikacan women
 
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