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