Rudi Polder (1943-2016), luminist painting,1980s


Calming and tranquil work by Dutch artist Rudi Polder, known for his beautiful paintings of seascapes in soft pastels.

Rudi Polder is the son of the Hague painter Gerrit Polder. At the age of seventeen Rudi Polder started painting in the naturalistic style of his father Gerrit Polder. After the Second World War, Rudi Polder traveled and drew portraits along the way to earn a living. In 1953 he decided to live in Marseille and rented a studio above the home of the French photographer Albert Detail (1903-1996). In September and October 1953 his first exhibition took place in Bagnols-sur-Cèze with about 50 paintings, the majority of which were painted in Marseille. Rudi Polder married a French woman in France. From this marriage two sons were born, Claude and Serge Polder. During this period, Rudi Polder also traveled to Sweden, Stockholm and Gothenburg, where he sold his paintings. In 1959, this relationship ended in divorce. Rudi Polder returned to the Netherlands to start a new life there and met his life partner Wally Vermij. Rudi Polder and Wally left for France again, where they bought a neglected house in Roquefort-les-Corbières, Languedoc. They converted this house into a refurbished house with studio and exhibition space.

His painting style evolved over the years from impressionism (1943-1984) via luminism (1985-1994) to abstract (1986-2006).

In January 1957 his works were exhibited at the Lucy Krohg gallery in Paris. Critics praised it, especially George Besson, a French art critic and the founder and director of Cahiers d’Aujourd’hui. The last exhibition in Marseille, before he left for the Netherlands, took place in 1959. In the years that followed, Polder exhibited his works in the Netherlands, Sweden, France and Belgium, among others.



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Light on end of sea”, signed & dated on the front and verso.

| DIMENSIONS   h 74 cm w 61,5 cm d 2 cm incl. original wooden frame
| PERIOD   1980s / 1984
| PLACE OF ORIGIN   The Netherlands
| PROVENANCE   The Collection of Municipality The Hague, NL, 1983-2022
| MATERIALS   oil on canvas
| CONDITION   in good vintage condition, traces of age, dirt
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