Bernardus Petrus ("Ben") Viegers 1886 - 1947

Nederlandse versie
Ben Viegers was born on 17 december 1886 in The Hague.
His father "Piet" was a coachman, but his grandfather (father of his mother: Hulzing) was coach builder and the first inspiration source for the young Viegers. In the workshop of granddad Hulzing he learned drawing, paint mixing/blending and decorating. After elementary school he became apprentice in the coach workshop.
The artist Ben Viegers is an auto-didact, there is no proof that he ever registered for an official education/academy to develop his artistic talents. In the first years he was coached and guided by his friend Charles (Carel Bernardus) Dankmeijer (1861-1923).
As starting professional painter, Viegers had a contract with the Haagse art-gallery Koch that ensured him a guarenteed monthly income. A lot of his early work was mainly bought by tourists and visitor from the USA.
In 1938 Ben Viegers and his wife Josina Maria (Jo) Jacobs move to Nunspeet [dutch village] where they live at the Brinkersweg in a old badly maintained house that Viegers himself rebuilds/refurbishes.
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When Worldwar-II starts Viegers thinks he will be more save behind the "Dutch Waterlinie" and moves to Castricum/Bakkum and later Hilversum.
In 1943 he returns to Nunspeet to live once again in an old (badly maintained) house at the Laan 43.
He is mainly inspired by the "Veluwe" [Dutch region with forests and farmland] and the villages around the "Zuiderzee". [this inland-sea actually was "closed" to claim new land, and is now known as IJsselmeer] As a real "pleinairist" he travelled a lot to paint in plein-air. In the beginning by bike and train later on a Harley Davidson (3-seat) and the last year in a DKW [European make car]. With a happy and bright palet, Viegers paints city-scapes, landscapes and farm-yards on canvas, wood or board.
Viegers made only one trip abroad together with his friend Henk van Leeuwen and Jaap Hiddink, to Brittanny and Normandy (Concarneau).
Viegers paints fast and creates a lot of artpieces. His total oeuvre is estimated at least at 350 oilpaintings alone. A lot of his work is in Germany and about 15% is known to be in the United States.
During rebuilding his house at the Laan 43 Viegers tries to lift a heavy window-frame, gets a heart-attack and dies shortly after.
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Picture of Ben Viegers, age 35

Overview collection of Berhardus Petrus ("Ben") Viegers

Artwork Ben Viegers: 1 - 20   [21 - 40]   [41 - 60]   [61 - 80]   [81 - 100]

Farm by Ben Viegers
(Ben Viegers picture 1) Oil on board. Size: 14 x 22 cm. Signed. Farm.
Source: private collection, Nunspeet.


Milking cows by Ben Viegers, dutch painter
(Ben Viegers picture 2) Size: 30x40 cm., oil on canvas. Milking cows.
Source: internet, auction: Notarishuis Arnhem, Sold 1750 euro (excl. auction-costs) (feb 2008)



(Ben Viegers picture 3) Oil on canvas. Size: 50x60 cm. Brouwersgracht in Amsterdam
Source: internet, offered by: galerie Dick van Straten (feb 2008). Price: 5950 euro


Botters on the Zuiderzee by Ben Viegers, dutch painter
(Ben Viegers picture 4) Oil on canvas. Size: 31x40 cm. "Botters" (the dutch name of these boats) on the Zuiderzee
Source: private collection, Nunspeet (NL).



(Ben Viegers picture 5) Oil on canvas. Size: 40x30 cm. Still live with flowers.
Source: internet, gallery Hans van Moerkerken fine art. (mar. 2005). price: 2400 euro
Source: internet, gallery Wijdemeren price: 2400 euro (feb 2008)


Chickens in front of a farm by Ben Viegers, dutch painter
(Ben Viegers picture 6) Oil on canvas. Size: 35x47 cm. Farm yard with chickens.
Source: internet, auction: Hessinks Veilingen. (jul 2006) price: 1200 euro.



(Ben Viegers picture 7) Oil on canvas. Size: 18x27 cm. Market.
Source: internet, auction: Hessinks Veilingen. (jul 2006) Price: 1200 euro.


Farm with chickens by Ben Vieger, dutch painter
(Ben Viegers picture 8) Oil on canvas. Size: 50x60 cm. Farm with chickens in Nunspeet
Source: internet, offered on "Marktplaats" (=ebay) from Amsterdam price: 3800 euro.


Delftsche Vaart in Rottterdam by Ben Viegers, dutch painter
(Ben Viegers picture 9) Size: 60 x 50 cm., Oil on canvas. Delftsche Vaart in Rotterdam
Source: internet, offered by galerie Zoeterijn.
Price: 4500 euro (feb 2008)



(Ben Viegers picture 10) Oil on canvas. hxb=31x41 cm. Winter-scene
Source: internet feb 2008 offered at least 1450 euro.



(Ben Viegers picture 11) Afm.:14x18 cm oil on board. sign. Houses along a canal
Source: internet, offered by Notarishuis Arnhem .
Price 1450 euro (feb 2008)



(Ben Viegers picture 12) Aquarel 18x21 CM
Source: internet, offered by Kunstgalerie Arnold .
(feb 2008) price 1250 Euro


Old lady on her way to church by Ben Viegers, dutch painter
(Ben Viegers picture 13), On her way to church, Oil on canvas 40x50 CM
Source: internet, offered by Kunstgalerie Arnold .(feb 2008) price 4300 Euro



(Ben Viegers picture 14) Oil on canvas 60x70 CM, Canal
Source: internet, offered by Kunstgalerie Arnold .
(feb 2008) price 5800 euro



(Ben Viegers picture 15) Oil on canvas 32x45 CM. Farm-yard
Source: internet, offered by Kunstgalerie Arnold, (feb 2008) price: 3250 euro


Village in Autumn by Ben Viegers
(Ben Viegers picture 16) Oil on canvas 40x55 CM. Village in Autumn.
Source: auction Christies Amsterdam jan. 2007, price: 2400 euro
Source: internet, offered by Kunstgalerie Arnold (feb 2008) price: 4950 euro



(Ben Viegers picture 17) Oil on canvas 70 x 100 cm. Sea-scape
Source: internet, offered by Notarishuis Arnhem ,(may 2006?) Price: 1000 euro



(Ben Viegers picture 18) ....(no info).
Source: internet antiques-art-designdeco.com 2006, "sold"



(Ben Viegers picture 19) doek 69 x 89 cm. Farm with children
Source: internet, offered by de Eland, price 1000-1500 euro (date: ?).


A Sunny Day at the Beach of Scheveningen, by Ben Viegers
(Ben Viegers picture 20) oil on canvas 43 x 62 cm. Sunny day at the beach of Scheveningen
Source: internet, auction Christie's Amsterdam: Wednesday, January 20, 1999. Price: 32.000 Fl. (=14.500 euro)


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