Dutch painter and glass artist
Albert August Plasschaert*
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…]
The Italian composer
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (1813-1901)
was also born October 10 
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:
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!
Hope you enjoyed a lovely dinner (she says 20 hours later!!!)
I was really happy to discover this artist and even happier sharing! So little is known about him.
Very glad you enjoyed too!
Oooh this artist is new to me – that doesn’t happen too often! I like his work very much indeed 🙂
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.
Choosing Verdi to go with this artist’s works is perfection.
He was definitely unique.
It was only natural, as they both share same birthdays. Worlds apart imho, however I thought Verdi Requiem was fitting to Plasschaert paintings.
Yes, definitely worlds apart.
And yes, the Requiem definitely was fitting.
Interesting how some artists get a certain “face” (or two) and that look keeps reappearing among their works.
Doesn’t actually surprise me…. 😉
You’ve got a point though!
Ideals from childhood? significant life events? culture? somewhere else… ?
…go figure!!!!!! 😉
Mind is the abyss!
As a painter I can tell you that painting is a safe haven, somewhere the artist feels at home [whatever the theme – even very disturbing], so ‘home’ means familiar…
but that’s probably a stupid analysis. As I said, the human brain is the abyss!
Yeah I tend to view it as spiritual influences too…. but obviously not just that! Our minds are like the stained glass through which the light passes thru… or not. 🙏🎹🎧💎🌺🙂
That’s a beautiful way of putting it! 🙏
Well, I recall reading either Aldous Huxley or William James talking about cleansing the ‘windows of the soul’ so I’m just giving it a little (pre-pandemic) churchgoer’s twist! 😸🌟😁
…also an artist’s twist! 😉
Life is art! At least it can be. I actually consider one of my greatest artforms as b.s.-ing on the internet. Someday the rest of the world will recognize that as an artform too! But not today… 🙂☺️
I respectfully disagree … on ‘b.s.-ing’! 😉
Oh, I meant it as a joke… but thanks all the same.
So what I mean is, if we have a point to make, sometimes we have to dance around it for various reasons. That can include what I call “layering.” Layering for me means knowing how much one can say along with how and where to say it. In our largely upsidedown world, we almost have to act nuts to be sane. The Wise Fool, I suppose. Or like postmodern spirituality, or three-D chess! It’s all connotation… open-ended, even unto myself! 🙂👸🦾💎🎧🐟😇💖🙏🌹
I know exactly what you mean!
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! 🙏
Interesting. I can’t say I’m too sure about all that though. That said, I do find “Uit één Bron” rather appealing.
There was something about his work that really gripped me when I first saw it. Some of his paintings still do. I see what you mean about that one!
Fantastic!! Gripping images!!
I thought so too when I first saw his work. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed!
I’m glad you enjoyed. It was really hard finding any information about him.