the sheet attached to the inner front cover page of the catalogue La Joie de Peindre for the exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1951; with dedication by the artist on the inner back cover page
The following lots (70-73) were acquired by the late Dr. A.B. Lanz directly from Jan Sluijters in the 1950's.
From the correspondence between Jan Sluijters and Dr. A.B. Lanz
Dr. A.B. Lanz grew up in an environment which was drenched with classical art. His father, the famous surgeon Dr. Otto Lanz (1865-1935) was a great connoisseur and passionate collector of Italian Renaissance art. After the death of Dr. Otto Lanz in March 1935 the collection (consisting of approximately 430 objects, including paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics) was entrusted to the Rijksmuseum by his heirs and exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (1934) and Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht (from 1987 onwards and 2009).
His son, Dr. A.B. Lanz, was an art collector in his own right. A letter addressed from the artist Jan Sluijters. to Dr. Lanz, dated 2 January 1956, shows that Dr. Lanz not only gave medical advice to Sluijters, but also was very interested in his artworks. The correspondence reveals the accommodation of the purchase of the present painting Joie de Peindre (lot 73): "Wat het schilderij "Joie de Peindre" betreft, meen ik, dat u de eerste kleinere compositie bedoelt (doek 50 - 60) dat echter als compleet schilderij behandeld is. Ik herinner me, dat we over dat schilderij vaak gesproken hebben, maar dat de prijs u te hoog lag. Ik zou het zo erg prettig vinden u een genoegen te doen en daarom ben ik gaarne bereid om u het schilderij voor de helft van mijn minimum prijs (fl. 1000.) dat is voor 500 gld. af te staan."
Earlier in the letter Sluijters wrote to Dr. Lanz that he would like to show him a retrospective of his paintings, which Sluijters finally does by sending Dr. Lanz the catalogue of the exhibition to mark this 70th anniversary at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1951. In the catalogue Sluijters attached a beach scene on paper (lot 70) and wrote a dedication in Dutch on the inner back cover page: "For Mr and Mrs Dr. A B Lanz, in memory of the beautiful days we spent in Switzerland. Greet and Jan Sluijters."
During his visits to Dr. Lanz in Glion-sur-Montreux (Switzerland) Sluijters painted important works like Montreux bij nacht, meer van Geneve (Sold at Sotheby's Amsterdam on December 1997 for FL330.400,-). About this painting Sluijters wrote in the post scriptum of his letter: "It became a very satisfacted result".
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