Belgisch Nederlandse schilder Dirk Baksteen

Baksteen Dirk

Dirk Baksteen was born in 1886 in the Netherlands in Rotterdam and died in 1971 in Antwerp. In 1932 he took Belgian nationality. He was a son of Dirk Baksteen and Jansje van Heiningen. He grew up in a family of ten children and had to help support the family as a house painter. Like his brother Gerard, he became a painter at a young age. On the advice of this brother, Baksteen ended up in Antwerp in 1912. Because of his stay in Mol, Baksteen is considered part of the Molse School. Many of his works also show the Kempen, such as this etching of a Kempen farm. Painter, but especially etcher and graphic artist. Education at the Academies in Rotterdam and Antwerp. Lived in Mol from 1912 to 1944; At the beginning of 1913, Jakob Smits provided him with a house behind the Malvinahof. Became a friend and follower of J. Smits. From 1920 he worked in his Mariahoeve in Achterbos, where he produced the etching collections 'De Heilige Kempen' (1922) and '1886-1936' (1936) and where he had numerous artists and art experts such as J. Muls and J. Lebeer as guests. Acquired Belgian nationality in 1932. With his poetic Kempen landscapes, he may be regarded as the most important Mol artist after Smits. The work from his post-war Antwerp years is also largely inspired by Achterbos. Mentioned in CRICK, BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. (piron).