Exhibition Geer van Velde, Contemplation Works

 

GEER VAN VELDE

Contemplation Works

GEER VAN VELDE Contemplation Works
Exhibition from September 20th to October 30th 2021

The artist
Geer van Velde (1898-1977)

The Dutch artists Geer and his brother Bram first learned the profession of painter decorator, but very soon they were convinced that their true vocation was to become artists.

In 1925, the two brothers settled in Paris and started life as bohemian and penniless artists.

In 1937, Geer van Velde befriended Samuel Beckett, who got him a first exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim’s brand-new London gallery.

In the summer of 1938, Geer van Velde moved with his wife to Cagnes-sur-Mer with a view of the Mediterranean. During the six years spent in this village, he developed the elements of his future work with an increasingly abstract formal vocabulary. He organized his composition of space and light according to rules that became clearer, step by step.

In 1944, he returned to Paris and settled in Cachan where he remained until his death in 1977. The theme of workshops became the essential subject of his work, a new source of inspiration, a new light. It is the place par excellence of the painter’s intimacy with his creation.

From 1946 until 1952 Geer van Velde was presented at the Maeght Gallery.

Several exhibitions

  • 1966  Paris, Musée Galliera
  • 1971/81/98  Amsterdam, Kunsthandel, M.L. de Boer
  • 1982/89/93  Paris, Galerie Louis Carré et Cie
  • 1986  Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec
  • 1991  Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou, cabinet d’Art graphique
  • 1992  Pontoise, Musée Tavet
  • 2000  Antibes, Musée Picasso ; Colmar, Musée Unterlinden
  • 2010  Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Bram et Geer van Velde à Cachan, 1948

Bram and Geer van Velde at Cachan, 1948
Photo: Jo Bokma

Bram et Geer van Velde à Cachan, 1948

Geer van Velde in his studio at Cachan, 1952
Photo: Jo Bokma

The oils on canvas

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Geer van Velde, Composition, 1946, Huile sur toile
1 | Composition

Circa 1946
Oil on canvas
75 x 54 cm

Provenance
– Succession atelier de l’artiste
– Collection privée

Bibliographie
– Cette œuvre, sera incluse au Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre peint de Geer van Velde actuellement en préparation par Pierre François Moget.

 

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Geer van Velde, Composition, 1946, Huile sur toile
4 | Composition

Circa 1958
Oil on canvas
38,5 x 34 cm

Bibliographie
– Cette œuvre, sera incluse au Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre peint de Geer van Velde actuellement en préparation par Pierre François Moget.

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RESERVED

 

Geer Van Velde, Composition, Circa 1946, Huile sur toile
2 | Composition

Circa 1946
Oil on canvas
81 x 100 cm

Provenance
– Galerie De Rijk, La Haye
– Collection particulière, Amsterdam

Expositions
– Bern, Kunsthalle, « Tendance actuelle de l’École de Paris », 1952
– Paris, Galerie Patrice Trigano, « Bram et Geer van Velde », 1984

Bibliographie
– Cette œuvre, sera incluse au Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre peint de Geer van Velde actuellement en préparation par Pierre François Moget.

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Geer Van Velde, Composition, Circa 1946, Huile sur toile
5 | Composition

1960
Oil on canvas
162 x 162 cm

Provenance
– Succession atelier de l’artiste
– Collection privée

Expositions
– 1981, La Haye, Haags Gemeentemuseum, “Geer van Velde 1898-1977, schilderijen en tekeningen”, n°56 du cat., fig. 55, ill. coul., p. 71.
– 1982, Høvikodden, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, “Geer van Velde”, n°17 du cat. (insert dans le catalogue de l’exposition de 1981 au Gemeente Museum, n°56), fig. 55.
– 1982, Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, “Geer van Velde 1898-1977. Peintures et œuvres sur papier”, n°54 du cat., fig. 55, ill. coul., p. 71.
-1982-Varberg, Museet I Varberg, « Geer van Velde 1898-1977 »
– 1986, Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, “Geer van Velde 1898-1977”, n°22 du cat., ill. coul., p. 26.
– 1991, Sigean, Lieu d’Art Contemporain, “Geer van Velde. 1898-1977”, n°39 du cat., ill. coul., p. 28.
– 2000, Antibes, Musée Picasso, “Geer van Velde”, n°34 du cat., ill. coul., p. 67.
– 2000, Colmar, Musée Unterlinden, “Geer van Velde”, n°34 du cat., ill. coul., p. 67.
– 2010, Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts, “Bram et Geer van Velde, deux peintres un nom”, n°130 du cat., ill. coul., p. 143.

Bibliographie
– Viatte, Germain, 1989, “Geer van Velde”, Paris, Editions Cahiers d’Art, ill. coul., p. 151.

– Cette œuvre, sera incluse au Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre peint de Geer van Velde actuellement en préparation par Pierre François Moget.

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Paul Signac, Le Port de Saint-Tropez, le soir, Circa 1906
3 | Intérieur-Extérieur

Circa 1955
Oil on canvas
100 x 100 cm

Provenance
– Kunsthandel M.L. de Boer, Amsterdam
– Collection particulière, Amsterdam

Expositions
– Amsterdam, Kunsthandel M.L. de Boer, « Bissière – Poliakoff – van Velde », 1978
– Amsterdam, Kunsthandel M.L. de Boer, « Stillevens van Renoir tot heden”, 1979, n°58
– Amstelveen, CoBra Museum, Focus Paris, 2002 – 2003

Bibliographie
– Cette œuvre, sera incluse au Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre peint de Geer van Velde actuellement en préparation par Pierre François Moget.

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Paul Signac, Le Port de Saint-Tropez, le soir, Circa 1906
6 | Composition

1966
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 cm

Provenance
– Succession atelier de l’artiste
– Collection privée

Bibliographie
– Cette œuvre, sera incluse au Catalogue Raisonné de l’œuvre peint de Geer van Velde actuellement en préparation par Pierre François Moget.

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The works on paper

Following one or two sketches in pencil, Geer van Velde chose the most satisfactory to set in color with gouache, watercolors, or pastels. Until the end of the forties, this work with gouache was therefore a form of “preliminary project” for him whose purpose was to result in a unique oil on canvas in an already anticipated format.

The preliminary project on paper was then faithfully reproduced and enlarged on canvas using a grid and the colors replicated. Gouache works and drawings which were not used for this purpose were not overlooked but carefully stored in piles on the work tables to serve as a reminder for future studies.

Towards the beginning of the 50s, the grid system of reproduction disappeared and was replaced by “composition” which was learned and integrated after several studies on paper on the same subject. Gouache is no longer just a preliminary project but becomes a form of mental exercise allowing Geer a direct charcoal transposition of the motif on the canvas. The template is now only on the table as a guide, a reminder of the initial project.

This first oil on canvas was often only a small or medium format transcription step that was followed by a large “definitive” format. 

However, the process was not set, and a large format gouache could, for example, replace the expected small oil or research gouaches could be interspersed between two oils on canvas.

Geer van Velde’s creative freedom was total, time (chronos) was abolished. The goal was  as he said: “to find the form”, the colors, the light and the space between the shapes.

It is therefore in these multiple increasingly abstract and spatial studies that Geer van Velde created the subject of his paintings by freeing himself from composition.

On canvas, the question is only pictorial.

The gouaches presented by the Galerie de la Présidence bear witness to his intense creative moments and their evolution from 1937 to 1963.

July 2021, Pierre François Moget,
Specialist of the artist

Bram et Geer van Velde à Cachan, 1948

Geer van Velde in his studio, 1949
Photo: Jo Bokma

Bram et Geer van Velde à Cachan, 1948

Geer van Velde in his studio, 1949
Photo: Jo Bokma

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Geer van VELDE, L'essayage, C.1937, gouache, 27 x 21 cm
7 | L'essayage

Circa 1937
Gouache on paper
27 x 21 cm 

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1945, gouache, 19 x 24 cm
10 | Composition

Circa 1945
Gouache on paper
19 x 24 cm

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RESERVED

Geer van VELDE, Le jardin, Cagnes-sur-Mer, C.1938, gouache, 24,3 x 32 cm
8 | Le jardin, Cagnes-sur-Mer

Circa 1938
Gouache on paper
24,3 x 32 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C. 1949, gouache, 21 x 23,5 cm
11 | Composition

Circa 1949
Gouache on paper
21 x 23,5 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Bacchanale, C.1944, gouache, 20,5 x 26 cm
9 | Bacchanale

Circa 1944
Gouache on paper
20,5 x 26 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1950-52, gouache et aquarelle,  54,3 x 39,5 cm
12 | Compositon

Circa 1950-1952
Gouache and watercolor on paper
54,3 x 39,5 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C. 1951-52, aquarelle, 38 x 56cm
13 | Composition

Circa 1951-1952
Watercolor on paper
38 x 56 cm

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Geeer van VELDE, Composition, C.1953, gouache et aq, 20,5 x 21 cm
14 | Composition

Circa 1953
Gouache and watercolor on paper
20,5 x 21 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C. 1957, gouache et aquarelle, 21 x 20,4 cm
17 | Composition

Circa 1957
Gouache and watercolor on paper
21 x 20,4 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1959, gouache et aq, 21 x 21 cm
20 | Composition

Circa 1959
Gouache and watercolor on paper
21 x 21 cm

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 Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1960, gouache et aquarelle 20,8 x 20,2 cm
23 | Composition

Circa 1960
Gouache and watercolor on paper
20,8 x 20,2 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C. 1954, gouache, 20,6 x 19,4 cm
15 | Compositon

Circa 1954
Gouache on paper
20,6 x 19,4 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1958, gouache, 22 x 21 cm
18 | Compositon

Circa 1958
Gouache on paper
22 x 21 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1960, gouache et aq, 23,2 x 21 cm
21 | Compositon

Circa 1960
Gouache and watercolor on paper
23,2 x 21 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1962, dessin, 22,7 x 19,5 cm
24 | Compositon

Circa 1962
Pencils on paper
22,7 x 19,5 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1955, gouache, 22,4 x 20,3 cm
16 | Composition

Circa 1955
Gouache on paper
22,4 x 20,3 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1959, gouache, 20,4 x 20 cm
19 | Composition

Circa 1959
Gouache on paper
20,4 x 20 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1960, gouache et aquarelle, 20 x 20 cm
22 | Composition

Circa 1960
Gouache and watercolor on paper
20 x 20 cm

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Geer van VELDE, Composition, C.1963, gouache et aquarelle, 21 x 20 cm
25 | Compositon

Circa 1963
Gouache and watercolor on paper
21 x 20 cm

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The catalogue

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