Bram van Velde, gouache on paper mounted on canvas, 1959
The Dutch painter Bram van Velde worked as a teenager in an interior design company. His talent was quickly noticed and his boss became his first patron. He was given all funds to develop as an artist and from then on started his many travels throughout Europe. It was not until the late 1950s that his work received more attention because of his innovative abstract style. Bram van Velde thus became one of the most important artists of what is called lyrical abstraction.
‘Composition’, as he called much of his work, unmistakably summarizes the essence of his artwork. His aim was to paint a compositional whole, consisting only of colour and movement. Due to his very dynamic brushstroke, his contrasting colouration full of emotional tensions, the artist realized a harmonious evolution of style.
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