1882–1966, Belgium/Netherlands

Name Bernard POTHAST
Birth 1882, 30/11, Belgium
Died 1966, Netherlands

Bernard Pothast was born on 30th November, 1882 in Hal, Belgium. He studied painting at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam between 1904 and 1907 and there he was particularly influenced by the artist A. Allebe, who was a professor at the school. Pothast was very much a follower of the Hague School who were the Dutch equivalent of the French Impressionists. He specialised in painting interior scenes with children, often depicting toys and other objects which are of both an historical and artistic interest.
It has been suggested that his models were his wife and children and it is tempting to accept this as true when a likeness of models can be detected throughout his works. The artist's use of light was very special. His figures are often bathed in a warm glowing light which usually emanates from a window and gives and added intimacy to the scene. Pothast died in Laren on 1st February 1966. His paintings continue to be very popular and can be found in private collections throughout the world.


Born in Belgium, Bernard Pothast traveled to Paris to attend the École des Beaux Arts. There he studied under the artist Gabriel Ferrier. He also studied at the School of Reichsakad and later in Amsterdam under the artist Jules Alby. Bernard Pothast enjoyed a successful career as a genre painter. His favorite subject was the peasant family. European painters of peasants in the nineteenth century found themselves heirs to the inheritance of idyllic literature, which set up certain stereotypes of rustic life. Pothast’s images depicted peasant mothers instructing or caring for their young children, placed in rustic interiors sparingly decorated with the family's humble possessions. Their interiors were typically illuminated by the light of early or midday sunshine. These renderings charmed the newly rich industrial merchant, now living and working in urban surroundings, yet craving for the simplicity of country life. Pothast’s sentimental illustrations of peasant life were very popular during his lifetime, and remain so today.


Young Mother And Children In An Interior by Bernard POTHAST

Young Mother And Children In An Interior

Price USD 4,025 (€3,172) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 3,000–5,000
Young Mother And Children In An Interior by Bernard POTHAST

Young Mother And Children In An Interior

Price USD 0 (€0) Not sold, incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 8,000–12,000
Maternal Love by Bernard POTHAST

Maternal Love

Price USD 18,750 (€14,234) Incl. buyer's premium
Familjeidyll by Bernard POTHAST


Price SEK 40,000 (€4,466)
Estimated SEK 50,000–60,000
Tre Systrar by Bernard POTHAST

Tre Systrar

Price SEK 58,000 (€6,278)
Estimated SEK 60,000–70,000
Flowers For The New Arrival by Bernard POTHAST

Flowers For The New Arrival

Price GBP 20,000 (€22,099) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated GBP 12,000–18,000
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