Willem Bastiaan Tholen
"Children playing under the trees, The Hague"
WILLEM BASTIAAN THOLEN
Amsterdam 1860-1931 The Hague
PLAYING UNDER THE OLD TREES
Oil on canvas
60 x 70 cm.
Signed: lower left ‘WB. Tholen’
Provenance: Private collection, The Netherlands; Christie,s Amsterdam 2014; Hofland collectionAnonymous sale; Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 25 February 1970, lot 482. with Kunsthandel G.J. Scherpel, Bussum, where acquired by the family of the present owners.
Exhibited: Laren, Singer Museum, Hollands impressionisme, 30 May-25 August 2013.
Literature: J. J.Heij, Hollands impressionisme, Bussum, 2013, p. 59.
Atmosphere and tonality are very important in Tholens entire oeuvre. As plein-air painter he brought a lot of variety in his motives and he chose human labor rather. In Scheveningen he painted - as Toorop did in Katwijk - the population and their fishing boats. Through an introduction by Toorop he exhibited in 1889 at the avant-garde artists groups Les Vingts in Brussels.