donderdag 28 november 2013

Charles Sayers 1901 - 1943 - Koos van Brakel

The painters active in the first half of the 20th century in the Dutch Indies were a motley crew; the only thing they had in common was that they had all been attracted by the myth of the island-paradise. As was to be expected, the output of this heterogeneous group of professionals, amateurs and ‘tourists’ proved a variable overall. However, some in this group stood out: Roland Strasser, Isaac Israels, Max Fleisher, Walter Spies, and Charles Sayers. The works of these painters managed to break with the conservatism that was common in the arts of the Dutch Indies at that time. A good example of this is the work of Charles Sayers (1901-1943).
His is work evolved from an initially realist manner to a moderate form of expressionism. The viewpoint underlying certain of his works seems to indicate a photographic angle. The subjects are often dramatic, emotional and dynamic, which aspects he conveyed through a very bright palette. The works of Charles Sayers are today very collectable.
This book documents Charles Sayers’ life and shows the broad scope of his work - murals, drawings, oils - and subjects varying from still life to portraits to landscapes and rituals.
Included is a list of all known works.

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