Frye Art Museum
Another Look at the Paintings of Pieter van Veen
July 3 - August 30, 1998
The Willows, 1918, oil on canvas, 40 x 32 inches
Pieter van Veen (1875-1961), a Post-lmpressionist painter who knew Renoir and Van Gogh, moved to Tacoma to paint the landscapes of the Northwest late in his career. His work will be shown in Seattle for the first time in years July 3 through August 30, 1998 at the Frye Art Museum.
Acquainted with van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne, and Renoir, van Veen was strongly influenced by the Impressionists. He painted plien-air landscapes from the Connecticut hills to the Pacific Northwest. Works by van Veen are in many homes of Northwest residents who knew him.
Van Veen studied at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague. In mid-career, he visited the United States for the first time and painted landscapes throughout the country, including Washington state. In the 1930s, he advised Charles and Emma Frye on purchases for their collection. Van Veen traveled throughout the Pacific Northwest in 1934 and completed a series of paintings of the Cascade Mountains. He later moved to Tacoma, Washington, where he died in 1961.
In his mature works van Veen concentrated on three subjects: cathedrals, landscapes, and flowers. His paintings of French Gothic cathedrals, 27 canvases in all, earned him the French of the Legion of Honor. This exhibition is the first of a planned series called "Another Look" that, over the next few years, will feature artists once active in the Northwest whose works deserve to be revived and critically reconsidered.
For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.
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