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 Gerrit Hondius  (1891 - 1970)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: ballet figure, landscape, still life

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BIOGRAPHY for Gerrit Hondius
1891 (Kampen, Holland)

New York

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ballet figure, landscape, still life

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A modernist artist who lived in both Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York City, Gerrit Hondius studied at the Art Students League with Max Weber and Andrew Dasburg. He also studied at the Royal Academy in The Hague.

An example of his work, a 12 x 8-inch oil on paper of a Clown, is intense in characterization, feeling and creative use of fauvist, expressionist color. Hondius was influenced by French Expressionist painter and printmaker Georges Rouault.
He was a WPA artist, whose mural of New York City became well known, and his primary subjects were ballerinas, landscapes, still lifes, and masked figures.

Hondius had over fifty one-man exhibitions in Europe and the United States, as well as showing at New York City venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1924-26, 1932 and 1934; the 1939 World's Fair; Museum of Modern Art; Rockefeller Center; and Graham Gallery, in the 1950s. His work was exhibited posthumously in New York City WPA Art in 1977 at the Parson's School of Design, New York City.

Hondius' work may be seen in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Art, California; Whitney Museum of American Art; Newark Museum of Art, New Jersey; Reading Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; Norfolk Museum of Art, Virginia; and Provincial Museum, Kampden, Holland.

His papers, sketchbooks, photographs, letters and clippings are in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Gerrit Hondius died in 1970.

An exhibition of Hondius' works was held in 2002 at the Temescal Café, in Oakland, California.

Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

Biography from Higgins Maxwell Gallery:
This artist was born in Kampen, Holland. It is uncertain when he immigrated to the United States, but WWW provides that he had addresses in NYC and Provincetown, Ma.

He was WPA artist. His subject matter included circus scenes, ballerinas, and masked figures. He studied at the Arts Student League with Max Weber and Andrew Dasburg; the Royal Academy, the Hague.

He exhibited at the Whitney Museum, 1924-26,1932,1934,1945; at the World’s Fair in NYC in 1939; Golden Gate Expo in San Francisco, 1939; MOMA; and the Graham Gal., 1950s; 55 solo exhibitions in the US and Europe; "NYC WPA Art"at Parsons Sch. Of Design, 1977.

His work is in the collections of the WMAA; SFMA;Provincial Museum in Kampen, Holland; Newark MA; Norfolk Museum of art; among many others.

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