Joost Baljeu

Joost Baljeu 1925-1991)

Joost Baljeu was born in 1925 in Middelburg. Baljeu lived and worked in Bussum, Amsterdam and the Hague. He studied at the 'Instituut voor Kunstnijverheidsonderwijs' in Amsterdam.


Baljeu's examples were Vincent Van Gogh and Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin. In 1952-1953 he developed a preference for geometric abstract art. Initially Joost Baleu painted in oils on canvas.


Distinctive features of his work are vertical lines, positioned partially at a slant.

In 1955 the vertical lines became upright and Baljeu painted on panels. At the end of 1955 Joost Baleu changed to painting reliefs and subsequently (1958-1959) to painting relief constructions of wood.


Later Baljeu created geometric constructions (sculptures) of stainless steel, painted metal and synthetic materials. He was influenced by Piet Mondriaan, Theo van Doesburg and Jean Gorin.


Baljeu's first works (geometric) were created in 1953, 1954 and 1955 in Paris. Here he was always in contact with various artists. Joost Baljeu died in 1991.


Joost Baleu's work is on display in major museums in the United States of America, the Netherlands and Switzerland.