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Frits Klein (1898 - 1990)

Frits Klein

Sunny day at the beach

Signed lower right
Oil on canvas
46 x 55 cm.

Frits Klein

Cirque

Signed lower right
Watercolour and ink on paper
28.5 x 22.5 cm.

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Frits Klein

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Frits Klein

(1898 - 1990)

Friedrich Franz Albert (‘Frits' or ‘Fred') Klein was born in Java in 1898 into a wealthy family. He was sent back to Holland for schooling, and it was there that he came into contact with the artistcally minded Wegerif family. Frits knew that he wanted to be an artist, and in 1920 he left for Paris. There he established himself in a house in the Rue de Depart, where Mondrian also had a studio. But in 1926, along with a group of other Amsterdam artistic types, he moved south to Cagnes sur Mer, near Nice.  

Frits became known as a "sunny" and decorative painter. He used a great deal of colour in his work.  His favourite subject were circus horses - but clowns and beach scenes and street scenes also feature prominently in his work.  

On Frits' 80th birthday he was honoured with a major retrospective at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and on his 90th a second retrospective was organized at Pulchri in The Hague.