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 Bernard Johannes Blommers  (1845 - 1914)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands/United States/Holland      Known for: Hague School peasant figure, portrait and child genre painting, lithography

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BIOGRAPHY for Bernard Blommers
1845 (The Hague)
1914 (Amsterdam, Holland)

Netherlands/United States/Holland

Self portrait

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Hague School peasant figure, portrait and child genre painting, lithography

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A painter of happy scenes of peasant life in Holland, Bernard Blommers was President of the Dutch Academy of Painters and a first generation member of the Hague School* of painting. 

Early in his career, he learned lithography* and then studied at the Hague Academie of Art under Johan Philip Koelman.  His early painting subjects were primarily genre subjects of fishermen and their wives and were heavily influenced by Hague School painter Jozef Israels.  Blommers later works were more loosely painted, moving from Tonalism* to Impressionism*, although his subject matter remained focused on marine subjects.

He traveled extensively for his painting subjects, and countries depicted in his artwork include Holland, Germany, Hungary, South America and the United States, where he did a portrait of Andrew Carnegie.  This portrait is in the Peace Palace at The Hague.

The New York Times, December 16, 1914

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