Short Biography of Henry Clément van de Velde

Henry Clément van de Velde was born in Antwerp in 1863.

1880-1885

Studied painting in Antwerp and Paris

1893

Transition to decorative arts and architecture

1894

Marriage to Maria Séthe, a student of Theo Rysselberghe

1895

Built his first private residence, Haus Bloemenwerf, in Uccle near Brussels

1896

His designs of 4 room concepts for the gallery, Maison de L´Art Nouveau, of Samuel Bing in Paris, which later gave its name to the Art Nouveau movement, met with rejection and incomprehension

1897

The same room concepts were enthusiastically received by the Arts and Crafts Exhibition in Dresden and signified a breakthrough with the German public

1900

Relocated to Berlin, designing primarily residential and commercial buildings

1902

Called to Weimar as Artistic Adviser for Industry and Craft for the Grand Duke of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach

1902/1903

Design and construction of Villa Esche

1905-1915

Teaching in Weimar, numerous designs for clients in Thuringia and Saxony, but these were only partly realised

1904-1911

Construction/opening of the School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar (today the Bauhaus University)

1905-1907

Construction of the Art School (today the Bauhaus University)

1907-1908

Design and construction of a clubhouse for the Chemnitz Lawn Tennis Club C. L. T. C.

1907-1909

Redesign and modernisation of some rooms in the Lauterbach manor house (country estate of the Esche family)

1908

Redesign of the great hall at Villa Quisisana in Chemnitz

1913

Design and construction of Villa Schulenburg in Gera

1913/1914

Design and construction of Villa Koerner in Chemnitz

1917

Departure to Switzerland, the family was later allowed to leave Germany

1920

Relocation to the Netherlands, commissioned by patrons, the Kröller-Müller couple

1921

Construction of his private residence "De Tent" (The Tent) in Wassenaar near the Hague

1926

Relocation to Brussels

1926

Establishment of the La Cambre School of Design, under the name "Institut Superieur des Arts décoratifs", in Brussels

1927

Construction of his last private residence "La Nouvelle Maison" (The New House) in Tervuren

1927-1936

Teaching in Brussels and Gent (professor for architecture)

1943

Death of Maria Séthe

1947

Relocation to Switzerland

1957

Henry van de Velde died at 94 years of age in Zurich

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