Herman De Vries

1931 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Herman De Vries is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from the Netherlands. Herman De Vries was born in 1931. Also born in Netherlands around 1931 and of the same generation are Christiaan Karel Appel, Dick Bruna and Ad Dekkers.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Herman De Vries' work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany. Galleries include Cortesi Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, Galerie Wit in the Netherlands, and Galerie aKonzept in Germany. Herman De Vries' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Relief: a new perspective in Post-War Art at Cortesi Gallery | London in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 10 June 2019 until 22 August 2019. Herman De Vries' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; TEFAF Maastricht (05 March 2020 - 15 March 2020) at Borzo Gallery in Amsterdam and PAN Amsterdam (22 November 2019 - 01 December 2019) at Borzo Gallery in Amsterdam. Herman De Vries' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Schwarzweiss and took place at Holger Priess Galerie in Hamburg, Germany from the 10 November 2017 to 20 January 2018.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has been recognised as an artistic and cultural capital for centuries, for instance through the international influence of renowned artists such as Jan van Eyck in the fifteenth century. In the 1600s, the Dutch Golden Age saw the rise of such illustrious artists as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh is considered as one of the most significant forerunners of the post-Impressionist period and is still regarded as an extraordinary, unprecedented painter that has influenced the art sphere regardless of any era or movement. Originally established as a magazine, De Stijl was a movement that established abstract art in the Netherlands, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. De Stijl artists would espouse a visual language solely composed of geometrical shapes, and the movement also had a profound influence on modern architecture as well as design. Gerrit Rietveld was a prominent architect and designer who adopted the ideals and the essence of De Stijl in his work. Willem de Kooning was also a Dutch national, though he migrated to the United States in the earlier years of his life, and his work was predominantly influenced by the Abstract Expressionism movement thriving in New York City in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Further Biographical Context for Herman De Vries

Herman De Vries was born in 1931 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1950s. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many decades to come. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were influential artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revised to acknowledge the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Herman De Vries

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