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 Karel Petrus Cornelis de Bazel

 

 

Karel Petrus Cornelis de Bazel   


(b Den Helder, 14 Feb 1869; d Amsterdam, 28 Nov 1923).

Dutch architect and decorative artist. He studied at the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague from 1882 to 1888. After a year in the office of J. J. van Nieukerken, a local architect, in 1889 he joined the studio of P. J. H. Cuypers, which was in the new Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Beginning as a draughtsman, he quickly took on more responsible work; in 1890 he supervised the building of the St Vituskerk in Emmastraat, Hilversum, but in the same year he suffered one of the long periods of illness that hindered his career. In 1892 he returned to a supervisory position with Cuypers where he remained until 1895; while there he received a thorough exposure to the principle of the GESAMTKUNSTWERK, and he became friends with J. L. M. Lauweriks. In 1893 they travelled to London where they studied and drew Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities in the British Museum. In 1894 they followed this interest further by joining the newly formed Theosophical Society in Amsterdam and contributed woodcuts to its magazine Licht en Waarheid. In 1895 they left Cuypers and opened their own studio for architecture and the decorative arts in Amsterdam, modelled on the lines of William Morrisís workshops in England. From THEOSOPHY and their own studies they had absorbed the idea of the sacredness of geometry and proportion, and geometric ornament appeared prominently in de Bazelís subsequent buildings.

 

 


Interieur synagoge van Enschede

 

 


Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij [1916-26]- Amsterdam

 

 

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