Special exhibition art museum

Jacoba van HeemskerckUncompromisingly modern

In less than two decades, Jacoba van Heemskerck (1876-1923) created a powerful oeuvre that includes paintings, woodcuts and glass works. Rhythmic compositions of pictorial space, black outlines and an intensive use of colour characterise the Dutch artist’s expressive landscape, city and harbour motifs.

Jacoba van Heemskerck, Vliegdennenbos (Pinewood), 1910, oil on canvas, 93,6 x 71,3 cm. © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Photo: Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Jacoba van Heemskerck, Bild Nr. 41 (Picture No. 41), 1916, oil on canvas, 105 x 78 cm. © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Photo: Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Jacoba van Heemskerck, Composition No. 18, 1915, woodcut on paper, 19,9 x 27,8 cm (picture), 35,2 x 47,8 cm (paper). © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Photo: Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Jacoba van Heemskerck, Bild Nr. 33 (Meer mit Schiffen) (picture no. 33, ships on the sea), 1915, oil on canvas, 80,5 x 100,5 cm. © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Photo: Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Jacoba van Heemskerck, Composition No. 2, 1920, coloured woodcut on handmade paper, 21,8 x 15,8 cm (picture), 45 x 28,3 cm (paper). © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Photo: Kunstmuseum Den Haag

The exhibition shows about 60 works from all creative phases: Paintings, drawings, woodcuts, glass works and mosaics. They range from a representational, strictly rhythmic formal language to an organic, flowing abstraction.

Jacoba van Heemskerck, Glass window design No. 25, 1919, ink and watercolour on paper, 125 x 82 cm. © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Photo: Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Jacoba van Heemskerck, Vestibule window of the Villa Wulffraat, 1920, Leaded glass window with stained glass, 136 x 71,5 cm. Production: Atelier J. W. Gips, Den Haag. © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Photo: Kunstmuseum Den Haag


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The exhibition project is a cooperation between the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, the Museen Stade, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld and the Edwin Scharff Museum Neu-Ulm. It is under the patronage of H. E. Wepke Kingma, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Germany.

Curators: Luisa Pauline Fink, Dr. Henrike Mund


The accompanying exhibition catalogue (Hirmer Verlag) is sponsored by the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.


Title photo: Jacoba van Heemskerck, Bild Nr. 23 (Weiße Segelboote auf einem See) (picture no. 23, white sailboats on a lake), 1915, oil on canvas, 111,1 x 130,9 cm. © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Foto: Kunstmuseum Den Haag