Jan Rijlaarsdam (Dutch, 1911 – 2007)
MediumOil on canvas board
DimensionsWork : 13 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (34.92 x 25.08 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelActive in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, Jan Rijlaarsdam specialized in impressionistic depictions of urban life. This image of a group of people out for an evening of drinking hovers tantalizingly between representation and abstraction. Rijlaarsdam used a palette knife to spread the paint and roughed out the composition quickly to preserve the scene’s sense of energy and spontaneity.