VILLAGE STREET AMELAND
Wax paint on canvas
73 x 98,5 cm.
Provenance: Private collection, The Netherlands.
Johan Dijkstra style was inspired by the work of Van Gogh and the Luminists in the early twenties. His paintings develop between 1921 and 1924 entirely in line with this great master from almost monochrome dark to pointillist. He stood outside the expressionism of the other Ploeg members, who, like Jan Wiegers, had become acquainted with the art and ideas of E.L. Kirchner, but at first they followed Dijkstra with more enthusiasm and fidelity. Dijkstra always choosed his subjects from Groningen's rural or urban life; he also painted portraits of fellow Ploeg members. The same themes are reflected in his chart, with which he, already experimenting, reached a high level.
Village street Ameland is an example of his more expressionistic period, where he worked with lively colors in a wax technique to express his emotions on the canvas.