Wilhelmus Hendikus Heinecke (Dutch, 1895-1976) began painting at an early age, starting his artistic career as a commercial and decorative painter. He attended evening classes at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in Rotterdam, where his instructors included J.G. Heijberg and David Bautz. Heinecke's preferred subject was Rotterdam: the water, ships in the harbour, drays and sand carts, the Noordplein flea market and the narrow streets in summer and wintertime. He also painted the Laurenskerk church and the port after the bombing of May 1940. His oeuvre further includes landscapes and flower still lifes. Heinecke was one of the driving forces behind the De Eendracht artists' society and a board member of the BBK professional artists' association for 21 years. **** We thank Kas Buunck and Teo of Simonis & Buunk, the very prestigious art gallery of Ede, Netherlands, for the background they have allowed us to use. By the way, it is a gallery of serious note, and should be included if you are travelling in the Netherlands.
Much of his work has been sold to private collectors. Gallery prices are in the thousands of dollars. There is something so appealing to me in this painting. It is an exceptional floral.
Country of Origin: The Netherlands.
Title: "Snow Berry"
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Size: 16 by 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm); Framed 25 by 29 by 4 Inches.
Signed lower right: Wim Heinecke
Condition: Unlined canvas. There appears to be slight buckling to canvas. Under UV exam, there appears to be no previous restoration.
PROVENANCE: Harrods Ltd., London (label on frame); Mrs. Nutland, Bromley, England (label on frame); Sale Mainichi Inc., Tokyo, May 10, 2014, lot 913; Significant Private collection.
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