Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Dutch Series #4 - Harm Kamerlingh Onnes
Harm Kamerlingh Onnes was a highly respected Dutch artist. Over time his talent developed from abstract art to an entertaining expressionist style. He began his career in 1914 with paintings following the path of his father, Menso Kamerlingh Onnes, using a broad palette and swift brush strokes inspired by Vincent van Gogh and the Impressionists.
Through his friend, the architect J.J.P. Oud, he came into contact with the artists and artistic ideas of the Dutch group "De Stijl", but he never officially joined the movement. Instead he developed to be a story-teller from an ironical point of view, always very observing of the caprices of current life style.
From the 1950s he began working with ceramics and glass painting, through which media he expressed his vivid imagination and well developed sense of humour.