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Artist of the moment………Gerrit Rietveld


Gerrit Rietveld was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. Rietveld is associated with the De Stijl movement. The movement emphasized straight lines and primary colors.

Gerrit Rietveld was born in Utrect, the Netherlands in the year 1888. As a teenager he was attended night school and also was an apprentice for maker of jewelry. During this period he learned how to model, draw, and to paint. He opened his own furniture production company in 1917.

Below a brief documentary on Gerrit Rietveld:

Some of his most famous designs were the famous Red and Blue Chair, the Zig Zag Chair, and the Schroder House. The Schröder House being the best and only example of De Stijl architecture.

The house was built in Utrecht for a client who lived in the house and passed away in the mid 80s. The house is now a museum and can be visited by the public and below we do just that!:


In this clip we explore his famous Red and Blue Chair:



Gerrit Rietveld passed away in 1964. He was 76 years of age.

Price range information: Drawings and posters can be found starting at $3,000 up to original woodcut pieces which can bring $50,000 at auction.

As a person who looks for artistic design in everything I think his chairs are incredible functional works of art. Its great to see a movement such as the De Stijl, that can be represented by a piece of furniture or even more fascinating, a house.




Artist of the moment………..Ron Van Der Ende


Ron Van Der Ende is a Dutch artist who makes bas reliefs out of found wood. Ron Van Der Ende was born in Delft, the Netherlands in 1965. The artist attended what is now called the Willem De Kooning Academie based out of Rotterdam.

Van Der Ende is based out of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

In this clip we visit a show featuring Ron Van Der Ende. The views from this clip show how dimensional his work appears:

Below a link to the website of Van Der Ende. Its a great website with many large sized images:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

My favorite aspect of the artists work is the incredible feeling of three dimensions I find in his art. Another great aspect that comes from using found wood his automobiles looked worn and aged.

If you enjoy this style of work as much as I do be sure and check out another Dutch artist renown for producing the same type of wall reliefs out of salvaged wood that use shoes as the main subject matter, Diederick Kraaijeveld.





Artist of the moment…….Nicolaas Warb


Nicolaas Warb, also known as the Dutch artist Sophie Elisabeth Warburg, was an abstract painter and sculptor. Sophie Warburg was born in the year 1906.

The artist attended the Amsterdam Art Academy. She also studied on her own after moving to Paris, France in the late 1920s.

Nicolaas Warb vanished in 1957.

Price range information: The artist worked in oils, watercolors,  gouache, and sculpture with prices range from $3,000 to $40,000.

What an interesting story this artist had? Her abstract works remind me of another artist who moved to Paris to live, Shirley Jaffe. Both artists use innovative shapes and their compositions showed wonderful flowing lines.



Artists of the moment…….Jessie and Cornelis Botke

Cornelius Botke was a wonderful painter and printmaker born in Leewarden, Netherlands in the year 1857. Botke attended college in Haarlem, Netherlands at the School of Applied Design. Cornelius Botke enjoyed painting the landscape and many of his prints have the subject matter of trees.

In 1906 he came to the United States and settled in Chicago. There he attended the Chicago Institute of Art and studied architecture. Whilst in Chicago he would meet his wife, painter Jessie Arms Botke.

After getting married the couple spent more than one decade not traveling and painting around the globe. The Botke family then settled in California where Cornelius painted the landscape and Jessie painted the landscape in addition to her remarkable birds. The couple received a great deal of commissions and for the first part of the life in California they were based out of Carmel, California.

Cornelis Botke passed away in 1954.

Price range information: Prints start around $3,000 and originals in oils may reach $20,000.


Jessie Arms Botke

Jessie Botke was born in Chicago, Illinois in the year 1883. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Jessie Botke was renown for her fantastic paintings of birds in lush landscapes.

Her favorite bird to paint was the peacock. Jessie Botke received a commission to paint a peacock and in the process found her favorite subject matter.

Price range information: Works range from $4,000 to $100,000. Botke was a printmaker but also worked with watercolors, gouache, and oils.

In this clip a great selection of works by Jessie Botke:

Jessie Botke passed away in 1971.

Botke reminds me most of American painter of floral works, Mary Alice Williams, both artists worked with flowers and in many cases incorporated gold and silver leaf into their works. A great blend of realism and imagination!


Artist of the moment…..Anton Pieck


Anton Pieck was a wonderful Dutch graphic artist and illustrator born in Den Helder, Netherlands in the year 1895. Pieck was a highly successful commercial artist appearing in many calendars and greeting cards.

Anton Pieck had a twin brother named Christian who also was an artist and illustrator.

The artist helped to create a theme park that was one of the most successful in Europe.

Anton Pieck passed away in 1987 at the age of 92 years of age.

Price range information: Pieck was a very successful as a printmaker and for painting worked in gouache, watercolor, ink, posters, and oils. Prices range from $500 for a poster or lithograph to $25,000 for an original.

In this great clip many works of Anton Pieck are set to music:

Pieck is similar to American painter Norman Rockwell. Rockwell’s paintings were also on many cards, posters, and calendars of the same era.


Artist of the moment…….Klaas Gubbels

Klaas Gubbels was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Gubbels is renowned for his favorite subject, teapots. The artist works in many sizes and even has made wonderful street art  and murals using his signature teapots.

Gubbels is based out of Arnhem, Netherlands.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

In this clip we visit the studio of Klaas Gubbels. The interview is in Dutch with English subtitles:

In this clip we visit a show from 2014:

What a great artist! Already the Netherlands have given us Delftware, now we have some wonderfully painted teapots in addition!


Artist of the moment…….Geni Peter

Geni Peter was a Dutch painter born in Basel, Switzerland in the year 1908. Peter worked as an abstract painting using basic geometric shapes and circles in most works. The artist also enjoyed working with complimentary colors. In addition to his abstract body of work, Geni Peter also produced still life paintings with a recurring subject being floral paintings.

For his artistic education the artist studied in Amsterdam, Netherlands where he became a painter of recognition.

Geni Peter passed away in 1969.

Price range information: Peter produced a large number of drawings, oil paintings, and lithographs. Price range from $1,000 to $5,000.

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I really enjoy the wonderful use of color and circles used by the artist. Many of his floral compositions are similar in style to the floral works of the French Expressionist painter Bernard Buffet. Below are some examples of Buffet’s type of floral works.


Artist of the moment……Theo Van Doesburg

Theo Van Doesburg was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands in the year 1883. His father was a photographer  He was a founder of the De Stijl movement. Another noted leader of this movement was Piet Mondrian.

The artist began as a realist painter. He produced quite a large body of realistic paintings. Many examples of these types of works are in the clip.

The artist was born Christian Emil Marie Kupper. He was proud of his stepfather and so he began to use his name and even signed his paintings with his father’s name, Theo Doesburg. He would later add “van” to the signing of his works.

With Piet Mondiran and artists founded the De Stijl magazine in the year 1917. Van Doesburg was a published author and critic.

Van Doesburg was different than Mondrian in that Van Doesburg emplyed diagonal lines.

His first exhibition was in 1908.

Price range information: His works seldom appear on the market. Prices can range from $75,000 to more than $4 million dollars.

In this clip a variety of works by Theo Van Doesburg. Realist paintings are shown at the start and works from his De Stijl era are shown at the 1:53 or so part of the clip:


Artist of the moment…… Johan Jongkind

Johan Jongkind was born in Lattrop,  Holland in the year 1819. Jongkind was a painter of landscapes. His style was Impressionist.

For his artistic education Jongkind attended the Academy of Art located in the Hague, Netherlands. He then relocated to Paris to learn from private lessons.

Many of Jongkind’s landscapes were of France and Holland. He would paint quick watercolour sketches on site. Once back in his studio the artist would use these to create his larger oil works.

In this clip a great selection of works by Johan Jongkind:

If you enjoy landscape works with low horizon lines make sure and check out artist Keith Jacobshagen. Jacobshagen has great design skills and he can take a small size canvas or paper and make it seem vast and endless.

Johan Jongkind passed away in 1891.

Jongkind is included in the Musee D’Orsay located in Paris, France.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Artist of the moment……Cornelius Zitman

Cornelius Zitman is an  internationally acclaimed sculptor born on November 9th of the year 1926 in Leiden, The Netherlands. He just celebrated his 87th birthday a few weeks ago! Zitman’s family worked in the construction industry.

As a young man Zitman began lessons at the collegiate level when he was only fifteen years of age. Zitman enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Art located in the Hague. When he was finished with school it was mandatory he serve a few years in his countries military. Zitman disagreed with his countries ideas on what to do in Indonesia and fled Holland for Venezuela.

The artist found work as a draftsman for a construction company. He also found work in his new country as a furniture designer.

Cornelius Zitman also taught at the collegiate level at the Central University of Venezuela.

In this clip we visit a show featuring works of Cornelis Zitman:

During all this time he had continued to paint and began sculpting. Zitman would go on to win a National Award for Sculpture in 1951.

In the late 1950s Zitman decided to leave the rat race and give up business. He decided to just paint and sculpt and moved to the island of Grenada.  Grenada is a great country consisting of around 110,000 people on 133 square miles. Grenada is located in the south of the Caribbean Sea.

In many works Zitman uses the human female figure for a basic idea, then will transform it so it is more of a mythological creature. Many of these myths or creatures directly from the culture of Venezuela.

Zitman has been awarded many international awards in his home country and abroad.

Corenlius Zitman was given the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Its the highest award a non military person can receive in his home country of Holland.

Price range information: The artist has done works in graphite and ink starting around $3,000 up to larger sized bronzes which can reach as much as $700,000.

I love his interpretation of the female figure. Very expressive!


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