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Leo Gestel (Woerden, 1881 – Hilversum, 1941)

Woman in a Large Hat in a Summer House


This is Else Berg, a fellow artist and friend of Leo Gestel. The painters, who knew each other from Amsterdam, worked together in Bergen, a village in the province of North-Holland popular with artists. Berg is holding a cigarette, which many considered unwomanlike and controversial at the time. Yet her boldness suited Gestel’s experimental style perfectly – his brightly coloured painting is more an exercise in the latest angular style of the Cubist movement than a lifelike portrait.

  • Creator

    Leo Gestel (Woerden, 1881 – Hilversum, 1941)

  • Title

    Woman in a Large Hat in a Summer House

  • Date


  • Collection

    Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem

  • Material

    Oil paint on canvas | H98 x W88,5 cm


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