Maria Van Kesteren

1933 · Netherlands

Artist biography

Maria Van Kesteren is seen as an established artist, who was born in the Netherlands. Maria Van Kesteren was born in 1933. Artists Christiaan Karel Appel, Dick Bruna and Ad Dekkers are of the same generation and same country as Maria Van Kesteren.

Maria Van Kesteren's Gallery representation

Maria Van Kesteren is represented by Galerie VIVID located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Historical Context of Netherlands

The Netherlands has a strong heritage for art and design in the twentieth century culture, although its position as a cultural powerhouse had been long established, centuries before the fifteenth century, when artists like Jan van Eyck were amidst the most renowned in the world. The Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s brought such personalities as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. In the twentieth century, some of the earliest examples of abstraction in the Netherlands were made under the support of the seminal de Stijl movement, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. Gerrit Rietveld was an influential architect and designer whose work is closely related to the ideas of De Stijl.

Further Biographical Context for Maria Van Kesteren

Maria Van Kesteren was born in 1933 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism dominated in the 1950s as a primary method of painting, and explored ideas concerning the sublime and spirituality. Artists chose to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the strictures of the Soviet bloc. Significant artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been acknowledged, amongst many other female creatives.

Maria Van Kesteren

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