Amazones on horseback
Gerhardus Petrus ‘Ger’ Langeweg (Oudemolen / Moerdijk 1891 – Amsterdam 1970).
Although he was supposed to become a teacher, Ger Langeweg decided to pursue an artistic career.
Ger took lessons at the School of Arts and Crafts in Amsterdam and worked as a decorator and advertising artist.
In 1928 the painter moved to Bruges and studied at the Academy and also in Ghent at the Royal Academy of Art.
In the 1930s, he was influenced by the Magical Realists such as Raoul Hynckes (1893-1973) and Wim Schuhmacher (1894-1986). He also came into contact with James Ensor, with whom he really could relate to.
After a two-year stay in Paris, he settled permanently in Amsterdam in 1936.
From that year on, Langeweg’s depictions became increasingly surrealistic in nature, partly under the influence of the world-famous painter Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978).
Ger Langeweg was a versatile artist, whose oeuvre does not show a straight line. His early work ranges from traditional to neo-realistic with many fantastic and surrealist elements later on. Taking this into account, he is considered one of the few Dutch representatives of surrealism.
His subjects are often figures, still lifes, nudes, landscapes and fantasy figures in a magical realistic style of their own. His motto was; ‘You have to drink from your own glass’. Ger’s love for drawing was evident from him, co-founding the quarterly magazine for drawings called ‘Black and White’.
Ger Langeweg was a member of; Nederlandse Kring van Tekenaars, Vereeniging Sint Lucas (Amsterdam), Arti et Amicitiae (Amsterdam), Professional Association of Visual Artists BBK, Artists’ Association De Independents
More information can be found on rkd.nl and in Scheen.
There are also works in the collection of various museums such as the Rijksmuseum.
This particular surrealistic painting by Langeweg shows a mysterious landscape with female figures (Amazons) on horseback.
The painting is in good condition and the use of the vivid pastel colours is appealing. To accentuate the aesthetic beauty, this artwork is complemented with an exclusive new frame by Gehring / Heijdenrijk.
Oil on canvas, approx. 1950/60, signed bottom right
83 cm x 63 cm incl. frame, 70 cm x 50 cm excl. frame