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Jan Sluijters visited the city of Paris on a number of occasions between 1904 and 1907. He was fascinated by the new developments in art that were taking place there, and came into contact with Impressionism, Neo-impressionism and Fauvism. Back in the Netherlands he incorporated influences from these movements and began experimenting with colour and light effects. In this 1910 "Landscape" he uses short strokes in soft, contrasting colours to paint the sky and the foreground. With yellow, white and red rays, the sun has an emphatic presence. In the middle section of the painting, areas of the same colour are painted more closely to one another. Cool green, blue and purple hues alternate with smaller amounts of orange, yellow and red. Sluijters’s short strokes of paint are derived from Impressionism, as is his interest in portraying light. However, the larger patches of bright, contrasting colours are consistent with Fauvism, where colours are selected for their expressive and decorative values. Sluijters made a significant contribution with regard to introducing these new artistic directions in the Netherlands. Although this sunny picture looks as though it could have been painted in the South of France, it was created in 1910 when the artist was living in Laren in North Holland.
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