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Henry Clement Van de Velde
architect, painter
03.04.1863 Antwerpen, Belgium
25.10.1957 Zurich, Switzerland

From 1881 study of painting at the Académie des Beaux-Arts with Charles Verlat in Antwerp. 1884/1885 work in the studio of the portraitist Émile Auguste Charles Duran in Paris. 1887 initiator of the painting group "L'Art Indépendant". 1888 member of the artists' association "Les Vingt". 1893/1894 discontinuation of his career as a painter and turning to applied arts and architecture.


1900 move to Berlin. 1900 design of the interior of the Folkwang-Museum in Hagen and consultant of the founder Karl Ernst Osthaus. 1902 move to Weimar and foundation of the Kunstgewerblichen Seminar. Artistic consultancy for industry and arts and crafts.


From 1906/1907 head of the Großherzogliche Sächsische Kunstgewerbeschule Weimar, which later became the Bauhaus Weimar. 1906 founding member of the Deutscher Werkbund. 1908-1909 redesign of the interior of Lauterbach Palace to art nouveau style. Further commissions as an architect for private building projects. 1914 participation in the Werkbund exhibition in Cologne. 1915, with closure of the Kunstgewerbeschule, loss of the director's position. 1917 move to Switzerland.


1920 emigration to the Netherlands. In the early 1920s work on architectural designs for the private Rjiksmuseum Kröller-Müller. 1925 move to Belgium and taking up architecture professorship at the University of Ghent. 1926 director of the Institut Supérieur des Art Décoratifs Brussels. Designs for railway wagons and cruise ships. 1936 Emeritus. 1937 participation in the World Exhibition in Paris and 1939 in the New York World's Fair. 1939 appointment as a member of the Royal Commission of Monuments and Landscapes. 1947 retreat to Switzerland.