Delft 1892 - Amsterdam 1975
Adolf “Dolf” Breetvelt was the eldest son of the famous Dutch painter Henri Breetvelt and like his father studied art at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. After getting his certification in drawing, he travelled to the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) where he worked teaching art classes at secondary schools.
In 1939, Dolf Breetvelt moved back to Amsterdam but he spent some time before travelling through Formosa, Japan, Hong Kong and Cambodia. Back in the Netherlands he joined the Vrij Beelden Group and worked for a few years in the “New Objectivity” movement, before continue looking for his own style.
The Second World War, threw him to abstraction, under the influence of Willy Boers and Asian culture.
Paintings and artwork
Dolf Breetvelt focused his artwork on paintings and gouaches full of colours, forms and different structures and patterns, making balanced compositions of abstract work.
In 1951 he concentrated his efforts on sculpture, even though he continued painting. He also collaborated with architects. His paintings were exhibited mostly with the Vrij Beelden Group, but he also made solo exhibitions, for example in the Fodor Museum.