What art movement was the painter Nicolas de Staël associated with?

The artist Nicolas de Staël was one of the most important figures in the post-war abstract art movement—while personally refusing to belong to any artistic group or movement.

Nicolas de Staël developed an interest in art from a very young age. On a trip to the Netherlands in 1933, he visited museums and galleries, immersing himself in Flemish painting. In the same year, the artist enrolled at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, where he met Madeleine Haupert. Haupert, with whom de Staël became friends, introduced the young artist to abstract painting. De Staël also enrolled at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Saint-Gilles, where he took architecture classes with Charles Malcause and decorative painting classes with Georges de Vlamynck. It was these encounters and the development of these artistic techniques, among other things, that brought Nicolas de Staël’s body of work and painting style closer to the post-war abstraction movement.

Please visit the painter Nicolas de Staël’s dedicated page or the page on Post-War Abstraction to learn more this art movement.

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