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Otto Rees, van (1882-1965)

Otto Rees, van

Stillife with Fruit and smokingkit, ca. 1922

Signed upper right
Oil on board
30 x 40 cm.

Provenance: Private collection, The Netherlands

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Otto Rees, van


The artist Otto van Rees undertook his first painting lessons from Jan Toorop en Herman Heijenbrock. Following the advice of Jan Toorop he went to Paris where he was inspired by all the aspects of the progressive artistic movements.  He can be positioned in the international market   first in Paris and later in Zürich. All the new mode of painting and artistic movements were reflected in his work. Van Rees was beside a landscape and figure painter, also active on murals and leadlights.

He maintained intensive contacts with Picasso, Kees van Dongen, Fernand Léger, Mondriaan and together with Hans Arp he initiated Dadaism in Zürich.

He played an important role in the Dutch art world, not only for his experimental paintings but also because of his national and international contacts. One of his famous quotes is: “ young art should be based on the pillars of traditional art”.