This light-hearted work, a smaller version of the painting La Joie de Peindre, 1946, which can be considered a pars pro toto for the last part of Sluijters' oeuvre, when the artist returned to subjects that had always fascinated him most. A reclining nude, a flower arrangement, a still life and a patterned wall covering as a background were beloved themes that, over the course of Sluijters' career, returned in various shapes and forms.
Therefore La Joie de Peindre was an appropriate title for the retrospective exhibition of Sluijters' work in the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum in 1951 (lot 70), where both paintings were represented. It might also be linked to the early work La Joie de Vivre by Matisse, an artist to whom Sluijters seems to bear great likeness in general.
(from: exhibition catalogue, 's Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, Jan Sluijters, 1981, p.102).
The present lot will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist work, currently being prepared by the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) in The Hague.
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