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Pen drawing by Charles J. Kemper. Title: Reeuwijk Kerkweg. Year: 1971. Dimensions sheet including passepartout: H50 x w35cm. Dimensions of the presentation: H27 x W21.5cm. The work is signed in the lower right in pen by the artist. The authenticity of the work offered is fully guaranteed. A certificate of authenticity can be emailed upon request.
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Charles Jean Kemper (Heemstede, September 18, 1913 - Rotterdam, October 25, 1985) was a Dutch painter.
Kemper worked for the police in Rotterdam and was taught by PC Wilt in the evenings. From the third grade he continued his education at the Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam, where he was taught by Bautz (portraits and nudes). In 1947 he studied with HF Boot in Haarlem. He painted and watercolored in Rotterdam, ports, figures and portraits. A separate genre are the interiors of cafes and bars. From 1951, Kemper was part of the Rotterdam exhibition group Argus, together with Kees Franse, Jan Goedhart, Ed van Zanden and later also Jan Burgerhout. Since then, his interest has continued to focus on the advancing city, industrial activity and the decline of the countryside.
There were not many artists in the city in the early fifties, but there was, as Mathieu Ficheroux - the wall portrait of Multatuli in the Van Oldenbarneveldstraat (1974) - looked up to, a clear hierarchy. At the top he placed the Argus group, of which Louis van Roode was a part for some time after his Window period. In addition to Van Roode, these included Jan Burgerhout, Kees Franse, Jan Goedhart, Charles Kemper, Huib Noorlander and Ed van Zanden. The founders chose the name Argus, the mythological giant with a hundred eyes, to indicate clearly that looking came first for them and that the members were not concerned with a new movement in the art.