Ernst Vijlbrief (1934, Utrecht - 2010, Amsterdam)
Abstract Composition, 1995
Original watercolour on paper
65 cm x 99.5 cm
Hand-signed and dated (Febr 95) in pencil
In very good condition
Ernst Vijlbrief worked in Utrecht, Ibiza, Paris, London, Florence, Rome, Milan and Amsterdam where he eventually settled.
In the late 1960s, he made a long journey through People's Republic of China, where he became aquainted with the Oriental teachings and Tai chi.
He was particularly interested in the Eastern philosophy, Chinese painting and calligraphy.
These ideas and techniques are reflected into his own artwork in the 1970s and later in 1980s and 1990s through large abstract canvases with geometric mandala programs.
Ernst Vijlbrief, Abstract Composition
Ernst Vijlbrief was a contemporary Dutch art painter and graphic artist.
His early works were related to the avant-garde Cobra painters of the 1950s, with whom he occasionally exhibited together.
Ernst Vijlbrief was sympathetic with the pre-revolutionary punk and artistic youth of the Provo movement from the mid-60s and he was involved in the 1969 art happenings from Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
He worked with many mediums in various techniques: oil paint and graphics, etching, calligraphic improvisations on paper, drawing, watercolour, collage, gouache, Indian ink.
His versatile work (abstract, expressionist, figurative, improvisations) is included in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen and the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.
Vijlbrief's works are sold on the art market and galleries all over the world and at reputed auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's.