3 April: Remembering Henry van de Velde on Birthday

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Henry van de Velde

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Henry van de Velde (3 April 1863 – 15 October 1957) was a Belgian painter, architect, interior designer, and art theorist. Together with Victor Horta and Paul Hankar, he is considered one of the founders of Art Nouveau in Belgium.

Life and Career

Henry van de Velde was born on 3 April 1863, in Antwerp, Belgium. He studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp from 1879 to 1882. Van de Velde began his career as a painter and designer in Brussels in the late 1880s. In 1893, he founded the “La Libre Esthétique” movement, which promoted modern art and design in Belgium.

He became a leading figure in the Art Nouveau movement, and his designs were characterized by flowing lines, organic forms, and floral motifs. In 1899, he moved to Germany, where he became the director of the School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar. In 1902, he founded the Deutscher Werkbund, an organization that promoted modern design and craftsmanship in Germany.

He designed a number of important buildings, including the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany, and the Bloemenwerf house in Brussels, which he designed and furnished. In the 1920s and 1930s, van de Velde became interested in functionalism and modernism, and he began designing buildings and furniture that were more minimalist and streamlined.

Van de Velde retired from his teaching position in Weimar in 1917 and moved back to Belgium. He continued to work as an architect and designer, and he also wrote several books on art and design. He died on 25 October 1957, in Zurich, Switzerland.

Award and Legacy

Van de Velde’s work had a significant impact on the development of modern architecture and design, and he is considered one of the most important figures in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. Many of his buildings and designs are still admired today for their beauty, elegance, and innovative use of materials and forms.

On 3 April 2013, Google celebrated Henry van de Velde’s 150th Birthday with a doodle.

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