"Bloeiende boom in een tuin, 1916"
JOHANNA CATHARINA ANTOINETTA (JO) KOSTER
Kampen 1869-1944 Heelsum, Remkum
BLOSSOMING TREE IN A GARDEN
Oil on canvas
54,5 x 60,5 cm.
Signed and dated: lower left ‘Jo Koster van Hattem 1916’
As a beginning artist, Jo Koster was successful as a portraitist. Supported by the ‘Koninklijke Subsidie voor Vrije Schilderkunst’ (Royal Grant) she worked in Paris – in the studio of Colarossi – and Brussels, where she took courses with Ernest Blanc-Garin in the art of portraits. She fell under the spell of the neo-impressionism and made colourful paintings in dots and stripes. After three years in Brussels, Koster settled in The Hague and Laren. Besides the landscape, Koster painted the frames and workers in the region (Het Gooi). Around 1902, she moved to Zwolle in the north of The Netherlands. She strolled around nature to paint the landscape. Blossoming tree in a garden is an example of Koster is making her own style of painting. She worked in a powerful, expressive painting technique, with a free use of color.