Olga Bontjes Van Beek

1896 - 1995

Artist biography

Olga Bontjes Van Beek was a visual artist, Olga Bontjes Van Beek was born in 1896 and died in 1995. Also born in 1896 and of this same generation are Lyle Nelson Barcume, Olga Bontjes Van Beek, Mario Asnago, Max Peiffer Watenphul, and Tressa Pond Emerson Benson.

Further Biographical Context for Olga Bontjes Van Beek

Born in 1896, Olga Bontjes Van Beek was primarily influenced by the 1900s and 1910s. The first decades of the twentieth century were characterised by vibrant developments in pictorial art. It was the era of post-Impressionism and of experimentation, including the first ventures into Expressionism and Abstraction. Many different groups of artists or loosely affiliated communities of the avant-garde in a number of major cities around the world developed a variety of modes of these key innovations. The first twenty years of the Twentieth Century can be considered to be among the most fruitful, and are noted as the time in art history when modern and modernist ideas began to take hold of cultural production. The new order and rationality, alongside mechanisation in modes of production, saw art’s parallel discipline of architecture develop extraordinarily in the work of designers like Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld. It was the era of the Bauhaus and the idea of a common discipline across all the creative arts. Most, if not all, of the key art movements we associate with modern and contemporary art can be viewed to source many of their key founding principles in the astounding diversity of art produced during this time.

Olga Bontjes Van Beek

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