Artist of the moment….Cesar Domela

Cesar Domela was a fantastic Dutch artist born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in the year 1900. Domela was self taught as an artist. As a beginning artist he often times painted landscapes that reduced all elements to basic geometric shapes. In the early 1920s Domela made his first work that was devoid of a subject.

Part of the De Stijl movement, he was the youngest member. Mondrian is probably the most renown from this movement. Not only did his work lack a subject, he also began to use items like metal to make his work more three dimensional. The artist produced many relief works over his lifetime. His father was  religious leader and politician.

In this clip we take a closer look at a landscape painted by Cesar Domela in the year 1922. This is a great example of the path into abstraction his art was taking. A great mix of shapes, including organic shapes like the trees and leaves, and houses rendered as very simple box shapes:

And below a great montage of works by Cesar Domela:

Cesar Domela passed away in 1992 at the age of 92 years old.

price range information: Domela worked in many mediums including gouache, oils, and many mixed media relief works.  Serigraphs can be found for $3,000 and originals command prices as high as $550,000.

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