About the artwork
Momento Musica; oil on canvas; 20th century
Signed: Bottom Right
Willem van Leusden (1886, Utrecht – 1974, Utrecht) was a Dutch artist who lived and worked for a long period in Maarssen. From 1902 to 1906 he studied at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in The Hague. Subsequently, he studied under Pieter Dupont at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (State Academy of Fine Arts) in Amsterdam. Van Leusden was an engraver, etcher and lithographer; a painter, draughtsman, pen draughtsman, and also a furniture designer. Until 1915 he painted many cathedrals and cityscapes, from then he began to work in a cubistic style and also made abstracts. From 1930 onwards he was influenced by Surrealism. He lived in Utrecht, Groningen, The Hague, Amsterdam, and in Maarssen (1913-1974). In 1913, he made study trips to Belgium and Amiens. In the period 1916-1924, he was a teacher at the Kunstnijverheidsschool (School of Applied Art) in Utrecht. He was a teacher at the Avondschool voor Kunsten en Industrieël Onderwijs (Night Schoof of Arts and Industrial Education) in Utrecht from 1924 onwards. Van Leusden was a member of Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam. Some of his works are in the collections of the Hague Gemeentemuseum and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht.