Albert August Plasschaert [1866-1941]

Albert Plasschaert
Dutch painter and glass artist

Albert August Plasschaert*

was born,
October 10, 1866
in Delft, Nertherlands.

A painter whose work I first saw in Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum.

He was trained as an engineer at Polytechnic school in Delft. After his training and not being active as an engineer became a draftsman, graphic artist and glazier. In Veere he worked in the glass studio of Franz Melchers, whose glass workshop he would later take over. Plasschaert’s early works are in the ‘art nouveau’ style. Over time, his work becomes more and more abstract. In 1899 Albert August Plasschaert left for Dordrecht to work for the Bouvy Firm, one of the largest and most famous glass factories of that time. His work is strongly influenced by Theosophy. Based on this thought, he searched for a suitable form of expression for the new era. His quest for a new and ideal form of society continues to emerge from the titles of the works. Over time, the works become more abstract.

Plasschaert is one of the earliest abstract working artists in the Netherlands. On intuition and feeling he tries to arrive at an essential truth in his works through psychic expressionism. From time to time semi-figurative elements can be found in his largely abstract images. Characteristic in the work of Albert August Plasschaert is that he provides all his works with a title and an opus number. Stedelijk Museum curator Geurt Imanse wrote a publication about Plasschaert and his work.

*Albert August Plasschaert is sometimes confused with his cousin Albert Charles Auguste Plasschaert (1874-1941) who was a renowned art critic in pre-war times.

I’m so glad I bought a book with his work back then [although I can’t read it, it’s in Dutch], as it was really really hard finding any information about him. Not to mention the confusion with his cousin, Albert Charles Auguste Plasschaert! Most images are scans from that publication, 3 from the Rijksmuseum and few from Wikipedia.

So here’s a glimpse of his work [no quotes…]
Opus 4069

De Klok der Keuze [Rijksmuseum]
Moine Epique
Opus 3658,59,60
De Sphinx
Opus 502
Opus 2342
Opus 46
Opus 212
Opus 2532 De weg is de voltooide wijsheid van de liefde
Het Verborgene
Opus 3389
Opus 2226
De Buik, Het Hoofd, Het Brandend Hart ( Opus 873 – 874 – 875 )
Eli eli lama sabachtani
Unknown Title
Opus 862

Opus 1370- 3=1=17 Geluiden van generzijde.
Uit één Bron
Opus 5349
A three-fold painted wooden firescreen

Portrait of Giuseppe Verdi by Giovanni Boldini

The Italian composer

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (1813-1901)

was also born October 10 [1813]

so, I’ve picked 2 parts from his Requiem,

to accompany Plasschaert’s paintings

Introit – Kyrie

Anna Tomowa-Sintow · Agnes Baltsa · José Carreras · José van Dam · Wiener Philharmoniker · Herbert von Karajan · Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor · Chorus of the Sofia National Opera · Walter Hagen-Groll


Edinburgh Festival Chorus • The London Symphony Orchestra • Claudio Abbado • José Carreras • Jessye Norman • Margaret Price • Ruggero Raimondi

For more information on Plasschaert:


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34 replies »

  1. Bless his abstract soul.
    Art comes from everywhere, and his background was unique enough to give him a fabulous abstract edge. Love it.
    You just keep turning me on to more and more artists that i never heard of.
    I thank you for that!
    Dinner now, so will listen to the music after din-din!

    • I believe you! But you know, even now that I know about him and have seen his work, I can’t find much in the web! Good thing I bought that publication back then from the museum! I’m so glad you like his work.

  2. I would always fly KLM if possible and the Rijksmuseum had an exhibition at Schiphol airport (I’m almost sure that was my first encounter with this artist) one of his painting kept me enthralled for quite some time. Would visit the museum a number of times over the years and always search for his paintings.
    Double plus good 😉🙂

    • I didn’t know about Schiphol… I understand completely wanting to travel to see his work. I first saw his work at a college trip to Amsterdam. I remember being the only one remaining there for a long time absorbing his paintings. It’s amazing how there’s very very little information about him on the internet. Not to mention the wide confusion with his cousin (art critic!). Ever so glad I bought this book, even if I can’t read it! So happy you enjoyed! 🙏

  3. Interesting. I can’t say I’m too sure about all that though. That said, I do find “Uit één Bron” rather appealing.


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