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Herman Gouwe (1875 - 1965)

Herman Gouwe

View on the Notre Dame, Paris, 1913

Signed and dated lower left, 1913
Oil on canvas
39.5 x 59,5 cm.

Acquired directly from the artist by P.A. Regnault
Collection P.A. Regnault
Private collection, The Netherlands

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Herman Gouwe


Herman Gouwe

(1875 - 1965)

Gouwe was born in Alkmaar and studied under August Allebé and Nicolaas van der Waay. He moved around frequently and travelled to many distant locations.  In 1927 he left Holland permanently for Tahiti, where he would remain for nearly forty years.

Gouwe was known for his ploughing horses and oxes. Even when he lived in Tahiti, his fascination with working animals persisted; they had became his trademark. His works have a strong intensity because of his use of strong and bright colours. Mondrian, Gestel and Jan Sluijters were an important source of inspiration. In addition to his many portrayals of ploughing animals, he produced approximately fifteen townscapes of Paris.