Details
Floris Jespers (1889-1965)
The Jewish Girl
signed and dated 'jespers 24' (lower left)
oil on canvas
105 x 71cm.
Painted in 1924

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Provenance
Whitford and Hughes, London.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1986.
Exhibited
London, Whitford and Hughes, Modernism and Tradition, 1986, no. 17.
Antwerp, Lustrum 67.
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Lot Essay

Together with his brother Oscar Jespers, Floris Jespers went to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. After graduating, they both made their debut in the traditional art society, by participating in the salons and galleries with paintings and statues in an academic style. During his study and at the beginning of his artistic career the young Jespers was strongly influenced by Vincent van Gogh and Rik Wouters and also worked in the impressionistic style. In 1918 Jespers made a radical break with Impressionism and cubist elements appeared in his works in the early twenties. Although he would apply constructivist concepts and would occasionally paint abstract works, the figurative remained dominant in his oeuvre.

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