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Leo Gestel (1881 - 1941)

Leo Gestel

Boendermakers first car ride in his Opel, 1920

Signed lower right
Watercolour, ink and gouache on paper
16 x 28 cm.

Probably a gift from the artist to Piet Boendermaker,
Collection Piet Boendermaker, nr. 1950,
Auction Sotheby's Amsterdam, 8 december 1994, lot 58.
Private collection, The Netherlands

Piet Spijk, De Bergense School en Piet Boendermaker, Zwolle, 1997, p. 62. (illustrated).
Eveline Heuves, Gestel in Bergen, Museum Kranenburgh, Zwolle, 2002, p. 43 (illustrated).
Piet Spijk, Piet Boendermaker, Mecenas van de Bergense School, Zwolle 2015, p. 74 (illustrated).

Leo Gestel

Fashionable lady with hat and scarf, circa 1910

Signed lower left
Pastel on paper
58,5 x 54 cm.

Acquired directly from the artist by Piet Boendermaker
Collection Piet Boendermaker
Private collection, The Netherlands

Leo Gestel

Portrait of a girl

Mixed media on paper
19,2 x 26 cm.

Acquired directly from the artist by dr. J.F.S. Esser
Collection dr J.F.S. Esser
Collection heirs dr. J.F.S. Esser

Leo Gestel

People in a cafe, circa 1907

Signed lower right
Black chalk and coloured pencil on paper
31 x 46 cm.

Acquired directly fromt he artist by dr. J.F.S. Esser
Collection dr. J.F.S. Esser
Collection heirs of dr. J.F.S. Esser

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Leo Gestel


Leo Gestel

(1881 - 1941)

Leo Gestel was born in 1881 in Woerden, a town near Utrecht. Around 1907, he developed a so called luministic painting style and his work became an explosion of colour. Like Jan Sluijters, Piet Mondriaan and Piet van der Hem, Gestel was seen as an ultra-modern artist. Later on in life he worked in a more cubist manner and at the end of his life he was influenced by the expressionists.

Gestel was known for his landscapes, portraits and still life, which he produced in oil paint, watercolor and pencil. He also illustrated books.