Frisian abstract expressionism Josum Walstra (1935) oil on board 1960



In the early sixties the Dutch province of Friesland was a very popular place to live and work for artists from The Netherlands and abroad. The maritime landscape and the bright light was an inspiration, also for artists from Germany and England. The Frisian painter Gerrit Benner became very popular with his abstract landscapes. There was also a group of young painters from Friesland who worked from 1965 onwards in a completely abstract and often experimental style. One of them was Josum Walstra¬† (1935) who founded the avantgarde gallery De Blauwe Hand in Harlingen and edited the avantgarde magazin Quatrebras. In 1960 he was one of the early Frisian painters who made abstract work. This important painting ‘Op drift’ is an example of this interesting period in Frisian – abstract-¬† expressionism. In good condition, oil on board in a guilded frame, signed and dated ‘Josum 1960’, title ‘Op drift’ on the back in pencil, 86×72/68×54