Geer van Velde
Geer van Velde, born in Lisse, Netherlands in 1898, was a Dutch painter who gained international acclaim for his unique abstract style. He spent most of his lifetime in France, where he became a prominent artist in the postwar Paris school. In his early twenties, Geer joined his brother in Paris and began painting figurative works.
With the support of the Irish writer Samuel Beckett, Geer van Velde managed to secure his first solo exhibition at the gallery of P. Guggenheim. The exhibition featured his cubist-inspired paintings, showcasing his talent and potential. Following this success, he traveled to southern France, where he further developed his own abstract-geometric style characterized by matte colors.
Geer van Velde's abstract paintings exhibited a delicate balance of form, color, and texture, emphasizing simplicity and purity. Influenced by the Cubist and Surrealist movements, he created works that were distinctively his own. His artistic achievements led to his works being showcased in renowned museums and galleries worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Despite the hardships he faced, living through two world wars and coping with his brother's mental illness, Geer van Velde remained dedicated to his art. His paintings continue to inspire and captivate audiences to this day.