Flowers and lemons
Dirk Filarski (Dutch, 1885-1964), a still life with flowers and lemons, oil on canvas 100 x 80cm, signed and dated ’44 lower left
Dirk Herman Willem Filarski (Dutch, 1855-1964) was one of the most prominent Dutch luminist painters and was a core member of the Bergen School. He had a restless spirit and thanks to the financial aid of several patrons, Filarski was able to lead a roaming life and thus to continually change and develop his style.
Initially, Filarski painted landscapes in the luminist style and, unusually, applied light colors to mountain landscapes he painted in Switzerland. His style became more sober after his marriage in 1918. He developed a powerful, expressionistic style, with a color scheme often used by members of the Bergen School. He was able to travel a lot thanks to the financial support of the collector P. Boendermaker. Filarski primarily made use of green, brown and grey hues, as these were Boendermaker’s favorite colors. Filarski spent a lot of time in the south of Europe after 1923. His dark colors and large, monumental shapes made way for green, yellow and light brown shades, with great attention to detail.