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Peter van den Braken (1896-1979). Mediterranean cityscape. Very beautiful expressionist painting. Signed. The painting is in good condition. The frame has small, unobtrusive signs of age.
Petrus Anthonius (Peter) van den Braken (Eindhoven, September 25, 1896 - there, January 11, 1979) was a Dutch figurative painter from North Brabant, who worked as a painter, pastellist, watercolorist, and medalist. He is best known for his landscapes "put very passionately and with force on the canvas." Van den Braken was born in 1896 in Eindhoven as the son of Poulus Catharina (Pauw) van den Braken (1868-1963) and Maria Elisabeth Cecilia van Bakel (1894-1980). He was the childhood friend of Antoon Coolen, who became known as a novelist. Van den Braken was an admirer of Vincent van Gogh. In the painting village of Heeze he was taught by the painter Jan Kruysen. and had contact with his son Anton Kruysen. However, he taught himself many of the techniques of painting.
Van den Braken has lived in many places and he has also traveled a lot. At the age of twelve he decided to leave Brabant to travel the world with his painting supplies. In his younger years he worked in Eindhoven, Brussels, Kortenhoef, Paris, London and Rome. Later in his life he worked for some time in North America in Montreal and Toronto in Canada, Palm Beach in Florida and in Mexico City. Back in the Netherlands he worked in Amsterdam, The Hague, and Eindhoven and finally in Sterksel.
He mainly painted landscapes (village views, city views and harbor views) and still lifes, based on his memory and sketches. He also made many paintings abroad that depicted the authentic North Brabant landscape.
The Peter van den Braken Center in Sterksel is named after him, where works by him and contemporaries related to him are exhibited. (Source: Wikipedia)