Reimond Kimpe | Drie dames en een meisje | Kunsthandel Bies

Kimpe, R. | Three ladies and a girl

Raymundus (‘Reimond’) Josephus Petrus Kimpe

Gent 1885 – 1970 Goes

Three ladies and a girl

Oil on canvas  125.2 x 100 cm

Signed lower right


The Belgian born Reimond Kimpe started painting rather late, at the age of 38. By then he had been living in the Netherlands for quite some years, in Middelburg in the province of Zeeland. As a painter, Reimond Kimpe was virtually self-educated. He proved to be extremely talented. He very quickly received positive criticism about his work and exhibited in both the Netherlands and Paris. Kimpe’s early work showed a great deal of affinity with the works of Constant Permeke, Frits Van Den Berghe and Gustave and Leon De Smet. During his studies in Ghent he already met these Latem painters in the nearby painter’s village of Sint Martens Latem. After 1929, Kimpe travelled a great deal through Europe, where he became acquainted with new movements such as Magic Realism, Cubism, Constructivism and abstract art. However, despite all these different influences, the artist developed a completely personal style. His works are characterised by a strong composition and demonstrate a tremendous expressiveness by means of a unique use of colour and a stylised form, where Kimpe always searched for harmony.

Initially, Kimpe had a clear preference for painting typical subjects from Zeeland, such as striking figures in traditional costume with a background of the sea, the dyke, or the houses of Westkapelle. During his long stay in Paris, where Kimpe became acquainted with Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso through Otto van Rees, he produced a few abstract works. Nevertheless, in the period after World War II, Kimpe experienced an important change in style. His muted palette changed to a brighter use of colour. From the 1950s, Kimpe no longer built up his backgrounds from subtle brown shades, but used harsh green, blue, red and yellow. By applying various layers of colour on top of each other, his works gained more depth and a greater intensity. Kimpe also began to make his figures more abstract and he used geometric shapes more and more often.

In this work, three ladies and a young girl can be seen against a background of a city. The painting was probably made after 1950, in view of the colours and form used. The bodies of the figures are mainly built up from triangular components. Kimpe did a bit more elaborate work on the faces and, with their large eyes and the pronounced lines in the distance, they are reminiscent of the figures by Picasso. With regard to colour, their black, lemon and bright blue bodies form a beautiful contrast with the white and red of the buildings in the background.

Despite the severe body shapes and strong colour contrasts, the ladies have a friendly appearance. This is precisely the harmony that Kimpe aimed for. He added elegant, feminine details to the harsh lines and colours, such as thin belts, long gloves, jewellery and attractive high heels. The young girl with the striking turquoise face holds hands and walks confidently with the two ladies. She provides an extra overtone because she is looking directly at the observer.


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Oil paintings


Classic moderns


Figure, Children

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