Provenance: Private collection, The Netherlands; Kunsthandel Simonis & buunk, Ede; Private collection; Kunsthandel M.L. de Boer, Amsterdam.
Geer van Velde as well as his brother Bram started as housepainters in their hometown Lisse near Haarlem, Holland. In 1925 they left for Paris where fauvism and cubism was the style of the day. In these early days of their artistic careers, both Geer and Bram painted colourful, expressionist landscapes, figures and still lifes. Since 1938 Geer van Velde gradually developed the style he became well-known for. Figurism disappeares in favour of well balanced compositions with geometrical abstract forms in grayish subdued, light colours.
Geer van Velde belongs to the pre-eminent artists of the post-war École de Paris. Originally Geer van Velde was a house painter.
Geer joined his brother Bram in Paris in 1925 to develop his artistic talent further. At first, he made figurative-expressionist work. However, especially after his move to the South of France in 1938, he found his own style, influenced by the Mediterranean light: reality pared down to vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines and filled-in areas of colour. In this, the depiction of a pale, filtered light played a major role. Until 1940 figures and objects were still recognisable in his work. He died in France in 1977.