Afbeelding | Bernardus Johannes Blommers | Spelende kinderen aan het strand

Blommers, B.J. | Children playing on the beach

Bernardus Johannes Blommers

1845 – The Hague – 1914

Children playing on the beach

Oil on canvas  55.5 x 69.5 cm

Signed lower right
Circa 1900


Kunsthandel Frans Buffa & Zonen, Amsterdam, 4681
Collection F.W.G. Fitzgerald Esq, Toronto, Canada
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, 1949 – 2014

Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Hague School: Collecting in Canada at the turn of the century, 7 May – 26 June 1983, 1 as ‘The Kelp Gatherers’
Katwijks Museum, B.J. Blommers (1845-1914) : de zonnige Haagse School, 12 July – 12 November 2016

M.H. Hurdalek, The Hague School. Collecting in Canada at the turn of the century, Ontario 1983, no. 1, p. 26
A. Groeneveld e.a., B.J. Blommers (1845-1914) : de zonnige Haagse School, Katwijk 2016, ill. p. 23


This beach scene with children playing is one of Bernardus Johannes Blommers’ most impressionistic works. It has been painted with accurate but free, loose, strokes. The painting immediately catches your eye due to its strong brightness: it is bathed in a golden-yellow sunlight. The boy with the spade makes a frantic effort to protect the pile of sand (or was it a sand castle?) from the incoming tide. The little girl in the middle is clapping her hands with joy, while her older sister makes sure that she does not fall. Incidentally, these two girls are Wilhelmina and Geertje Remmelzwaal, daughters of a sherman from Katwijk.

Blommers has applied striking accents both in the water and in the figures, which suggest reflections of light. Furthermore, the play of lines and paint strokes in the waves, which illustrate the swell of the undulating and splashing water, make the scene very lively. The bowed posture of the boy also contributes to this.

The work ended up at an early stage in a private collection in Canada. It was bought by F.W.G. Fitzgerald, a private collector from Toronto, who would later donate his collection to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. For that matter, this large collection also contained works from Dutch as well as French Impressionists, including Marius Bauer, Constant Gabriël, Willem Maris, Henri Fantin-Latour and Camille Pissarro.


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Figure, Children, Beach, Water

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