Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof is considered to be one of the most important artists of the Nieuwe Kunst, as the Dutch contribution to the international Art Nouveau is called. Because of this early experimental book designs, interior batiks and furniture designs he can be regarded as a forerunner of the movement. Alongside his career as a craftsman, he gained great reputation as a painter, leaving an impressive and intriguing legacy of aquarium paintings and dune landscapes.
Dwalen door het paradijs. Leven en werk van G.W. Dijsselhof (1866-1924) provides a good insight into Dijsselhof’s versatile artistic career, focusing not only on the artist himself but also on his closest colleagues. Hence the monograph is more than just a portrait of the artist and designer Dijsselhof, it also gives insight in the cultural scene around 1900.
See also the exhibition Dwalen door het paradijs. Leven en werk van G.W. Dijsselhof (1866-1924).