About the artwork
About the Artist - 14 more artworksLeo Gestel was born in Woerden on the 11th of November in 1881.
He was a Dutch painter. His father Willem Gestel was also an artist. Leo Gestel experimented with cubism, expressionism, futurism and postimpressionism. Along with Piet Mondrian he was among the leading artists of Dutch modernism.
Gestel was educated in art for the first time by his father, Willem Gestel, the director of an art school, and his uncle, Dimmen Gestel, who had painted with Vincent van Gogh. Due to financial problems Gestel created advertisements for illustrated books.
While in Paris he came in contact with the avant-garde movement. In 1913 Herwarth Walden offered him the chance to exhibit work in the "Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon" in Berlin. Generally Gestel spent the summer in Bergen, where he joined the Bergen School. In 1929 the majority of his works were lost when a fire destroyed his studio; he then moved to Blaricum.
His public collections contain:
Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, Alkmaar
Drents Museum, Assen
Museum De Hallen, Haarlem
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Singer Laren, Laren
Kröller-Müller museum, Otterlo
Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo
Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle.
He died in Hilversum on the 26th of November in 1941.