Picking flowers in the The Hague Forest
signed 'J. Akkeringa' (lower left)
oil on canvas
29 x 35.5 cm.
with Art Gallery Gérard, Wassenaar, by 1981.
Mr. B. Meijer, Wassenaar, thence by descent to the present owners.
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In his paintings Johannes Akkeringa focused on the daily, agreeable aspects of life. The present lot epitomizes his oeuvre: he often painted children playing on the beach, in the forest or the dunes, tea parties in the garden or colourful flower still lives. Akkeringa, born in 1861 in the Dutch Indies, moved to The Hague in 1865 following the death of his father. As a young boy he was passionate about drawing and painting and started to attend the evening classes of The Hague Academy, where he was taught alongside Marius Bauer (1867-1932), Floris Verster (1861-1927) and Willem de Zwart (1862-1931). The latter proved to be a great influence on Akkeringa, both in style as in subject matter. From 1889 onwards, Akkeringa exhibited his paintings at Pulchri Studio, and two years later he co-founded the Haagsche Kunstkring, an initiative to stimulate the arts, be it visual arts, literature or theatre.

Akkeringa wanted to create a realistic landscape, with overall atmosphere as the most significant element. The present lot demonstrates his affection for children and his dedication to agreeable subjects. It is a lovely composition: the two girls are wearing their best dresses and ribbons in their hair, completely absorbed in their activity. The use of saturated colours and swift brushstrokes heightens the sense of a warm summer afternoon.

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