It interesting, we found reference suggestions for her (see belkow), but none of the links are working anymore, nor is there any info on her paintings mentioned in the collections. It is as if she has disappeared from the internet. Any further information is welcome.
Maria Theresia Wilhelmina Blansjaar is a contemporary artist was born in Amsterdam on 14 Januari 1939 and studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Already in her teens she had established herself as an artist, paining religious subjects.. After completing her studies, she traveled extensively throughout Europe, and Asia. She immigrated to Melbourne on 9 May 1955.
During het Australian period her artwork is characterised by bold colors and dynamic abstract compositions which often feature geometric shapes and patterns, inspired by the natural world.
Blansjaar’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Australia, Europe, and the United States. Her paintings are included in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Blansjaar’s paintings are often inspired by her travels and experiences, as well as her interest in geometry, color, and pattern. She has described her work as “a celebration of life and the natural world,” and her use of bright colors and bold shapes creates a sense of energy and movement in her paintings.
Blansjaar continues to create new works from her studio in Australia, and her work is widely recognized for its unique style and expressive use of color and form.
- Maria Blansjaar’s official website is no longer accessible: It showcased Blansjaar’s artwork and included a biography and artist statement.
- Art Gallery of New South Wales: The Art Gallery of New South Wales has one of Blansjaar’s paintings in their collection, titled “Vertical Flow.” The painting is a large-scale abstract composition featuring layers of bold color and gestural marks.
- National Gallery of Victoria: The National Gallery of Victoria also has one of Blansjaar’s paintings in their collection, titled “Topographic Code.” This painting is also an abstract composition with bold color and textural elements.
She is also mentioned in the following publications:
Art Almanac: This article from Art Almanac discusses Blansjaar’s solo exhibition “Crosscurrents” at the Defiance Gallery in Sydney. The exhibition featured a series of large-scale paintings inspired by the natural environment, with a focus on the interplay of light and water. The article notes the influence of Dutch design on Blansjaar’s work, as well as her use of layering and texture to create a sense of movement and depth.
The article titled “Maria Blansjaar” was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on September 28, 2005, and was written by art critic John McDonald. The article discusses Blansjaar’s solo exhibition “Flowing Forms” at the Defiance Gallery in Sydney, which featured her abstract paintings inspired by the natural world. McDonald describes Blansjaar’s work as “lush and tactile,” with richly layered surfaces that create a sense of movement and depth. He also notes the influence of Dutch art and design traditions in her work, as well as her use of organic shapes and vibrant colors. The article includes several images of Blansjaar’s artwork from the exhibition.
“The Rhythmic Line” by Maria Blansjaar (Art Monthly Australia, 2005): In this article, Maria Blansjaar discusses her artistic process and the importance of rhythm and movement in her work. She explains how her Dutch background and training in calligraphy and printmaking influenced her approach to painting, and how she uses a variety of techniques and materials to create texture and depth in her abstract compositions.
“In the Studio: Maria Blansjaar” by Sasha Grishin (Art & Australia, 2006): This article provides an overview of Maria Blansjaar’s career and artistic practice, and includes an interview with the artist. Blansjaar discusses her interest in geometric abstraction and the ways in which her Dutch heritage and experiences have shaped her work. She also talks about her use of color and how she creates her bold and dynamic compositions.
“Maria Blansjaar” in International Women Artists’ Salon 2019 Catalogue: This catalog entry provides a brief biography of Maria Blansjaar and highlights some of her recent exhibitions and awards. It also includes a statement from the artist in which she discusses the themes and inspirations behind her work, such as the natural world, music, and the interplay of light and shadow.
This is the only reference (in Dutch) RKD – Nederlands Instituut voor Kunstgeschiedenis