Archive Bart van der Leck
Van der Leck worked in several stained-glass studios before devoting himself to painting and design. From c.1909 he steadily developed his idiosyncratic style characterised by simplified geometric forms against a white ground. By 1916 he had arrived at his mature style. The following year he became co-founder of the magazine De Stijl, for which he worked during its first year (1917-1918).
Portrait of Bart van der Leck, from: Bart van der Leck, exh. cat., Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1959
Van der Leck’s career took an important turn when he met the art critic and adviser H.P. Bremmer, who was the first to buy drawings from him in 1910. Bremmer introduced Van der Leck to the collector Hélène Kröller-Müller who went on to acquire a large number of his works for her collection. It was through Kröller-Müller that the artist was given an opportunity to extend himself in interior design for the Saint Hubertus hunting lodge, which she and her husband had built for them by the architect H.P. Berlage in the woods of the Veluwe.
Besides paintings, Van der Leck produced many designs for tiles, vases, tapestries, fabrics and even complete interiors. From early on he was fascinated by the idea of applying design to an entire environment, and this remained a life-long passion.
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