Joost Baljeu
1925 Middelburg

1991 Amsterdam

Joost Baljeu lived and worked in Bussum, Amsterdam and the Hague. Studied at the Instituut voor Kunstnijverheids-onderwijs in Amsterdam. His examples were Van Gogh and Gauguin. In 1952-1953 Balieu developed a preference for geometric-abstract art. Initially, he 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 he painted on panels. At the end of 1955, Balieu changed to painting reliefs and subsequently (1958- 1959) to painting relief constructions of wood. Later he created geometric constructions (sculptures) of stainless steel, painted metal and synthetic materials. He was influenced by Mondrian, Van Doesburg and Gorin. His first works (geometric) were created in 1953, 1954 and 1955 in Paris. Here Balieu was always in contact with various artists. His works are on display in museums in the United States of America, the Netherlands and Switzerland.