Spotlight: Jeff Diederen (Dutch; 1920-2009), Four in Blue, 1971

Jeff Diederen (Dutch; 1920-2009), Four in Blue, 1971. Lithograph (Edition: 35/135), 25 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches, Franco Collection, Auburn University at Montgomery.

Catalogue entry by Jennifer Hardy

Four in Blue was created by Jef Diederen (Dutch; 1920-2009) in 1971. Diederen was born in Heerlan, The Netherlands. He attended school at The School of Applied Arts Maastricht, and The Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. He was a participant in the group exhibition “Amsterdam Painters van nu” in 1948 and received the Royal Grant in 1950.

Dierderen’s early works were primarily landscapes, but he later became involved with the COBRA movement; named for the French names of the cities Copenhague, Bruxelles, and Amsterdam.  The artists in this movement believed that art should be unplanned, a product of the artist’s imagination. Dierderen’s work was based on this ideal in his central years, although he later moved away from it.  In the fifties and sixties his works became increasingly abstract and more focused on form and color in composition.

Dierderen used his works as social commentaries and included issues such as apartheid in South Africa, Jews in World War II, oppression of Native Americans in the United States, and the war in Vietnam.

His works are on display at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The museum in the Hague, The Museum of Modern Art in Toledo, The Museum of Art, Buenos Aries, The Stockholm Museum and The Library of Congress in Washington.

Four in Blue is a Lithograph print and is 25 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches.  It is representative of his later works, demonstrating a playful use of color and form. The rich reds and golds against the bold blue background provide a cheerful image with an excellent harmony.

Sources:

“Jef Diederen,” https://www.kunstbus.nl/kunst/jef+diederen.html

“Four in Blue,” https://lot14.hibid.com/lot/82752-199479-42866/-four-in-blue–pop-art-by-jef-diederen/

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