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Geer van Velde

abstraction, Second School of Paris

(Netherlands, Lisse 1898 - Cachan, 1977)

Geer van Velde

Geer van Velde, born in Holland into a modest family, begins very young to work, like his brother Bram, in Kramers and son, a painting business and luxury decoration. In his free time, the young geer van Velde practice drawing and painting and progressing at an exponential rate. Kramers, realizing the talent of the two brothers decided to encourage helping financially up until the great financial crisis of 1929. In 1925, he moved to Paris where his brother is already installed for many years. its beginnings are hard, money is sorely lacking.


After a first academic period and then very colorful works tawny resonances and expressionists, there is a complete break in his work from the years 1939 Webern music lover and thought of Lao Tzu, it seeks to develop a painting close to his "inner world", a painting that invites contemplation and silence. Cubist lesson with the group of the Gold section dominated by j. Villon, begins in 1948, a period called "workshops" and in the 50s the so-called "interior" which gradually announce a break with reality. from 1946 the painter settled in Cachan where he will spend the rest of his life. his artistic career will be an oscillation between figuration and abstraction. work geer van Velde is characterized by a range of hues and muted colors, as covered with a veil, almost extinct, with a feel for the purple and bluish gray light that remind him of his childhood. space of his compositions is often arranged in geometric shapes, squares, diamonds, triangles, chacunes treated with meticulous care. the painter is dedicated to slow. Little to say, he admitted conducting a real "fight" against the canvas. he did not decide to attack until the final idea took shape completely. in the late 50s, the artist integrates the School of Paris, engaged in a very delicate shades of gray post-cubist abstraction.

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