Piet van der Hem
- Piet van der Hem
- Intérieur de Cabaret à Rome, avec Danseuse
- watercolour, coloured crayons and chalk on paper
- 47,5 by 59 cm.
In 1910 Piet van der Hem travelled to Rome where he stayed for a short period of time. Although the artist was not interested in Rome's well known renaissance art and museums, he loved the typical Italian cafés and theatres. Consequently, he executed several drawings in which he expresses this fascination. Aspects of the surroundings important to him include the costumes and the activities of the people. The whole mood of the works suggest the pleasure, relaxation and fun of people in early twentieth century Rome. In these works, Van der Hem tried to capture the "couleur locale", and it is in Rome where the figures in his works began to take on a slightly more prominent place in the foreground.