On June 12, Christie’s will hold an auction in Amsterdam to sell the Former Kamerbeek Collection, containing over 100 pieces by both well and lesser-known late 19th century and early 20th century Dutch painters.The Former Kamerbeek collection contains Impressionist, Modern, Romantic and a handful of Realist paintings. Built by Cees and Jarmila Kamerbeek with the intention of amassing a collection that would present an overview of 150 years of Dutch art, the Former Kamerbeek Collection is now being sold with a number of particularly exciting pieces.
Highlights of the sale
Pieces by the De Stijl art movement founders Bart van der Leck (such as his 1921 piece “Moeder met kind” – Mother and Child) and Piet Mondrian (“Flowering tree” sketch, 1912), as well as work by the pioneering Post-Impressionist Jan Sluijters will be up for sale at the auction, but the true star of the show is set to be Isaac Israels’ “Café dansant, Moulin de la Galette,” estimated at €300,000 -500,000. Not only does the “Moulin” have a high estimate because of its painter, but because it depicts the famous Parisian dance hall often frequented by Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Other pieces by Israels to come under the hammer include “Sjaantje van Ingen reading” (estimated at €100-150,000) and “An elegant lady on the Thames” (estimated at €120-180,000.) Israels was the son of two of the Netherlands’ most respected artists, immediately becoming a child prodigy, entering art school in The Hague aged just 13. Israels‘ lifelong friend and fellow artist George Hendrik Breitner also has work in the Former Kamerbeek Collection.
Lesser known Dutch painters
The collection does not consist entirely of world-famous names, and as such still offers opportunities for amateur art enthusiasts. Albert Fiks, Hendrik Jan Wolter, Tony Offermans and Willem Carel Nakken, for example, may be known in their home country, but have yet to become names on the international art auction circuit.