Portrait of Saar de Swart [SOLD]

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Portrait of Saar de Swart [SOLD]

Acrylic on cotton board
No frame
Edition: unique
Size painting: 30×40 cm
Year of production: 2020
Signed and provided with a certificate of authentification.
Shipping: Pick up by appointment at the artist’s atelier in Amsterdam.

Saar de Swart (1861-1951) was a Dutch sculptor. She was born in Arnhem as the daughter of the painter Corstianus Hendrikus de Swart and Elisabeth Sara IJntema. Around 1887 she followed a short period of training at the ‘Rijksnormaalschool voor Kunstnijverheid’ in Amsterdam (currently Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy) and received lessons in sculpture from Lambertus Zijl. Around 1889 she was taught in Paris by the sculptor Auguste Rodin. She then ended up in Amsterdam via Rotterdam, where she lived in the house that Willem Witsen’s wife mrs Schorr bought at the Oosterpark. In 1898 she moved with her life companion, artist Emilie van Kerckhoff to Laren (NH). In 1918 they settled in Italy (Capri).

De Swart was portrayed by the painters Breitner and Veth. She is labeled the “Muze der Tachtigers” by the writer Jan Engelman, a character that was not undisputed. De Swart was adored by painter Eduard Karsen. His love was not answered by De Swart because of her lesbian orientation. The rejected Karsen retaliated by slandering Saar and her friends. A court of friends put an end to the dispute and put Karsen in the wrong.

De Swart admired the work of painter Odilon Redon, whom she had met in her Parisian days. Together with Jan Veth she took the initiative to dedicate an exhibition to his work in the Netherlands. This exhibition was organized in 1894 by the Haagse Kunstkring.

De Swart died in 1951 at the age of 90 in Anacapri on Capri, Italy.

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