The Museum of Avant-garde

Bart van der Leck

The Netherlands (1876—1958)
Born in Utrecht, van der Leck started his career in his own city as stained glass workshop assistant. In 1913 he was introduced to Helene and Anton Kröller-Müller, who commissioned him many projects. In 1916 he moved to Laren, where he met Mondrian and van Doesburg. The three founded the De Stijl movement but van Der Leck disagreed with its manifesto and left the group one year later. In these years he created his most iconic paintings The Tempest and Working at the docks. During the ‘30s and ‘40s he experimented with other media, working on architecture and interior projects, as well as on textile design and ceramics. He continued to work on abstract compositions until his death.