Adriaan Lubbers (1892-1954)

Artist Name Adriaan Lubbers (1892-1954)
Title Manhattan from the River
Description This fantastic 1920's oil crayon drawing is by Dutch artist Adriaan Lubbers. It shows a birds eye view of New York. The view is of the river and boats towards Manhattan.  A really iconic image by this much collected artist.
Titled verso.
Provenance Artist's family estate.
Medium Oil on paper
Size 15 x 22 inches
Frame Housed and mounted behind glass in a complementary frame, 30 inches by 23 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Adriaan Lubbers (1892-1954). Lubbers was born in the Netherlands, the son of a well-to-do estate agent. As a young man he studied mechanical engineering, which took him to South America from 1911-1914. By 1914 he realized that he wanted to return to the Netherlands to fulfil his lifelong dream of becoming an artist. His early art career included exhibiting his works in March 1922 in Amsterdam. During that period he settled with other artists in a farmhouse at Vierhouten. There he met the painter Leo Gestel with whom he travelled to New York. At 33 years old, Lubbers produced his first drawings which depict New York landmarks in a realistic style. In order to survive in NYC, Lubbers worked odd jobs to support himself and his work. According to Italo Tovolato, he was a worker in a factory, a joiner, a herring peddler, a mechanic and a cabaret singer in Hoboken harbour. Some of these places are represented in his work. Lubbers lived in New York fewer than six years, mostly from 1916 to 1919 and 1926 to 1928, but during these stays he made not only paintings, but also copious drawings. He married Miep Gantvoort in New York in 1922. Lubbers died suddenly in 1954 of a brain haemorrhage while visiting Manhattan. His works remain a great record of New York architecture.
Price £5500
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