The painting depicts a picturesque village built against the hills, with whitewashed houses shining under the Mediterranean sun. The houses are traditional and typical of the region, with their distinctive red roofs and bright white facades. They form a beautiful contrast to the vibrant colors of the surroundings.
The landscape surrounding the houses is lush and instills a sense of serenity. The painter has carefully depicted the green hills, playing with different shades of green to create depth and texture. In the foreground are blooming flowers which give the scene a touch of color and vibrancy.
Viejo Altea, Spain
Oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm.(imagesize)
Adrianus Johannes Zwart (Rijswijk 1903-1981 Laren) made his first painting in 1915. The year before he won a box of painting materials plus lessons from Otto Kriens. At home, Arie is expected to work in his father's bakery and later a greengrocer's. They agree that Arie helps from four in the morning to go to the auction and is allowed to go to the Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague during the day. He comes into contact with art dealer Gebr. Koch, who acknowledge the young painter and can sell his work well.
Arie meets other artists there, such as Louis Soonius, Wim Soer and Louis Meijs. He eventually takes classes at the Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague for two years, just after the peak and time of the Hague School. Later his style became looser, more impressionistic.From 1920 he starts to roam. First on a bicycle and then by steamer to Rhenen. He first lived in a caravan and then with the family of five in a houseboat along the Maas en IJssel. He then moored in Woerden. In between he made trips to Spain, Portugal and the South of France. Everywhere he went he made paintings and drawings.
After his marriage in 1926, he was entirely dependent on the income from his work as a painter for his living. He was very productive and versatile. He painted many Dutch landscapes and still lifes. Although his first work had a somewhat dark tone, his further work was light and often bright in tone. His sunny works are especially beautiful.
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