Willy Boeckstijns

1894 - 1968

Artist biography

Willy Boeckstijns was a visual artist, Willy Boeckstijns was born in 1894 and died in 1968. Also born in 1894 and of this same generation are Mabel Bonney, Pancho Cossío, Alixe Jean Shearer Armstrong, Frederic A. Anderson, and Constantin Barneanu.

Further Biographical Context for Willy Boeckstijns

Born in 1894, Willy Boeckstijns grew up during the 1900s and 1910s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The Fauves are generally considered to be the first major Post-Impressionist group, working in the beginning of the 20th century. Including artists such as Henry Matisse within their ranks, the Fauves believed that vivid, other worldly colours and vibrant brushstrokes were an integral component of their work. At the same time, a young Pablo Picasso, still in his youth, created his famed Blue and Rose periods in Paris, and by the end of the 1920s he had developed the first ideas of portraying fractured views of reality alongside his contemporary Georges Braque. This movement became known as Analytical Cubism. The first twenty years of the twentieth century can be viewed to be the most fruitful, and are seen as the period in art history when modern and modernist ideas initially began to take hold culturally. Mechanisation in production and ideas of order and rationality ensured the discipline of architecture to develop at an astounding rate, and was defined by in the work of Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld. Bauhaus was predominant at this time and defined the idea of a common discipline across all types of creative art. Most, if not all, of the philosophies of key art movements that we associate with modern and contemporary art can be traced back to the diverse range of work made during this era.

Willy Boeckstijns

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