RKD Netherland Institute for art History
On Sunday afternoon 11 March, the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo hosted the premiere of the documentary Bart van der Leck – zijn eigen Stijl by Leo van Maaren and Frank Herrebout. In this film, Eva Rovers, author of the award-winning biography De eeuwigheid verzameld: Helene Kröller-Müller (1869–1939) (Collecting eternity: Helene Kröller-Müller [1869–1939]), invites the viewer into the life and work of the painter Bart van der Leck (1876–1958). In 1917 Van der Leck was at the cradle of the magazine De Stijl, but in the autumn of 1918 he fell out with the other contributors over a difference of opinion about artistic matters. The film takes a close look at this crucial phase in the life of Van der Leck, who is often overshadowed by artists such as Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. In this portrait we meet him as an artist in his own right.
RKD research fellow Cees Hilhorst, who is an expert on the work of Bart van der Leck, traces various aspects of the development of Van der Leck’s work. Hilhorst is currently preparing a digital catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work for the RKD.
Finally, RKD curator Wietse Coppes also discusses the friendship between Van der Leck and Piet Mondrian as viewed from the perspective of the latter. The two men were good friends in the years 1916–1918.
Click here for more information about the film.