Fred Breebaart, Village Scene
Fred Breebaart (Dutch, 1945-2015), At the Border of the Village, acrylic on board, in the original double frame. Signed certificate of authenticity verso.
Image size: 20 x 25cm (36 x 41 cm framed)
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Frederik Willem Alexander Peter Breebart was born in Haarlem but spent an important part of his early childhood in Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. He showed early artistic promise but his father disuaded him from pursuing an artistic career in favour of following the family career path into insurance. Early burnout and the breakdown of his first marriage resulted in a new life (and relationship) in Malaga in Spain.
During this time, he was introduced to the work of Helen Bradley and the up and coming genre of naive art. He discovered that this style of art was very commercially successful. He settled on a standard painting size of 20 x 25cm and the style of his crowded, colourful paintings was born.
Fred painted with sable aquarelle brushes and acrylic paint first on board and later, after he returned to the Netherlands in 1982, on Swedish masonite, which was covered with seven layers of gesso sanded to a smooth surface. His naive works were usually painted sitting flat on a desk.
He said "The fundamental idea of my work is making a painting that looks happy from a distance, always contains more people than is justified and invites [us] to closer examine the details and jokes, so that a smile is provoked from the viewer. This smile, that keeps coming back when (re) discovering more details, is my main motivation and reward."
Source: artist's website
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