Siep van den Berg / 3 drawings
|Perio||1945 - 1999|
|Sizes||17 cm x 12 cm (h x w)|
|Frame||21 cm x 16 cm (h x w)|
Siep van den BERG (Súdwest-Fryslân 1913 - Amsterdam 1998)
Siep van den Berg was educated at the Minerva Academy in Groningen and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. As a sculptor he is self-taught.
Siep van den Berg decides to become a professional painter in 1939 and hires the tea cupola at the Sterrebos as a studio. Siep still went his own way and around this time painted mainly landscapes, later also still lifes. In Paris, a shift took place in Siep's work under the influence of Cezanne's work. Siep van den Berg started to divide the performance into surfaces and colors. From here, Siep van den Berg would eventually evolve into the geometric-abstract compositions that predominated in the painter's oeuvre from the 1950s onwards.
Siep van den Berg was inspired by Groningen modern art, De Ploeg and by his father-in-law Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman. But after Siep's move to the west, his style changed to what he calls: "... get further away from nature and go even more into fantasy". Siep van den Berg's work developed from stylization and simplification to the end of the 1960s, stopping working after examples from nature and letting go of everyday reality.
Siep van den Berg's work becomes abstract with a constructivist slant. With a visual idiom consisting of squares, rectangles and the use of the primary colors: red, yellow, blue and black and white, the oeuvre of the Groningen artist Siep van den Berg fits into a period in which the COBrA artists predominate, the tradition of Mondrian, De Stijl and post-war constructivism.