Lot 279
Spring Auction: European Fine Art 2019
Willem Bastiaan Tholen (1860-1931)

'Koekkraam'/The cake stall

signed and dated 'WB Tholen 1889' (upper right)

oil on canvas, 59x69 cm

Exhibition: -The Hague, Pulchri Studio, 'Eere-tentoonstelling W. B. Tholen', 15 February-3 March 1930, cat. no. 14.
-Zeist, Ekspositie centrum Het Zeister Slot, 'Zeventien schilders in hun Haagsche tijd', 12 July-7 September 1975, no. 17.

Literature: -R.S. Bakels, ‘W.B. Tholen, 150 reproducties naar werken van zijn hand, den kunstenaar op zijn 70sten verjaardag aangeboden’, The Hague 1930, ill. no. 9. -Maandblad van Beeldende Kunsten, 16e jaargang, June 1939, ill. p. 188.

-Collection Ir. G.J. Braat, The Hague (1930).
-Private collection.

Willem Bastiaan Tholen was born in Amsterdam, but grew up in the countryside in Kampen (Overijssel). His father Pieter Hendrik Hermanus Tholen, was a local painter who later on became an art dealer. At the age of sixteen, Tholen attended the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam for his first art lessons. At the end of his period in Amsterdam he went to the studio of painter Paul Joseph Constantin Gabriël (1828-1903) in Brussels to continue his training. The famous painter from The Hague painter was a friend of his mother and despite the large age difference, the two painters got along famously and they often went painting together ‘en plein air’ in the countryside.

Just as with many of his Hague School teachers, nature would be his biggest source of inspiration. He often visited idyllic spots in the Dutch countryside, one such as Giethoorn. However Tholen painted a wide range of subjects including maritime scenes, city views, portraits and many anecdotal scenes. It seems that the present painting can be categorized as one of these anecdotal works. As a real artistic painter, Tholen translated almost everything he thought to be interesting into painting. He must have seen this cake stall and thought it would be a subject suitable for a bigger canvas. The standing man proudly smokes his pipe, whilst the sitting woman stares into the eyes of the spectator and waits for the next customer. The cake figurines hanging on the white piece of cloth in the background show the variety of caramelized biscuits that the shop has to offer. In the front there are several different treats, all indicated by a different number, which would be weighed with the brass scale on the right. Like most of Tholen’s paintings the present lot radiates quietude and focuses on the atmosphere of the scene. The depicted ‘Koekkraam’ makes us long for nostalgic times.

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€ 25.000,00