Geer van Velde
GEER VAN VELDE
Lisse 1898-1977 Cachan, Frankrijk
Oil on canvas
81 x 100 cm.
Signed lower right ‘GvV’
Provenance: Triton Foundation, Belgium; Galerie Louis Carré et Cie, Paris
Literature: G. Viatte, Geer van Velde, Cahiers d’Art, 1989, p.53 (ill.)
Geer van Velde as well as his brother Bram started as housepainters in their hometown Lisse near Haarlem, Holland. Their boss recognized their artistic talents and gave them a stipend to become artists. The brothers left for Paris where fauvism and cubism was the style of the day. In these early days of their artistic careers, both Geer and Bram painted colourful, expressionist landscapes, figures and still lifes.
Since 1938 Geer van Velde gradually developed the style he became well-known for. Figurism disappeares in favour of well balanced compositions with geometrical abstract forms in grayish subdued, light colours. The painting at present is an early example of his typical, personal style.