Alkmaar 1883 – 1960 Oost-Loosdrecht
Two vases with flowers on a draped table
Oil on canvas : 122,4 X 71,9 cm
Signed and dated bottom right “D Smorenberg / 12”
Frame : 150,6 X 100,4 cm
This painting is exceptional within the artistic production of Smorenberg: he painted mostly landscapes and after 1924 turned to lake views with water lilies and portraits. He painted this flower still life in 1912, one of his best productive years, when he was regularly staying at his sister’s place in Switzerland alongside Lake Geneva.
The visual impact of these strong, daring, unmixed colours is immediate. Our painting reminds of some earlier still lifes by Vincent van Gogh (who died in 1890) and of the huge, late “Nymphéas” Claude Monet was to paint between 1914 and 1926.