Joost Baljeu

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Joost Baljeu
Joost Baljeu .jpg
Born (1925-11-02)2 November 1925
Middelburg, Netherlands
Died 1 July 1991(1991-07-01) (aged 65)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Artist
Known for Steel structures

Joost Baljeu (1 November 1925 – 1 July 1991) was a Dutch painter, sculptor and writer. He is known for his large outdoor painted steel structures.


Joost Baljeu was born in Middelburg on 1 November 1925. During World War II (1939–45) he began painting in an expressionist, realistic and semi-abstract idiom. After Cubism he evolved to constructivism. He made his first reliefs in 1954-55. From 1957 to 1972 he was a professor at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague in the Hague.[1] The Canadian artist Eli Bornstein began to make three-dimensional "structurist" reliefs during a sabbatical in Italy and the Netherlands in 1957.[2] He met and was influenced by artists such as Jean Gorin, Joost Baljeu, Anthony Hill, Kenneth Martin, Mary Martin, Victor Pasmore and Georges Vantongerloo.[3]

In 1958-59 Baljeu was a guest lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. In 1966 he was visiting professor at the Minneapolis School of Art in the US. He died on 1 July 1991 in Amsterdam.[1]


Space Time I in Rotterdam



The Sculpture F26 1990 was donated to the museum in 1991 by Baljeu's widow.

Public spaces[edit]

Synthetic construction F8-1B, The Hague
  • Lightning (1955), Wijkcentrum Open Vaart, Meidoornplein in Amsterdam-Noord
  • Synthetic construction F8-1B (1978), Plesmanweg, The Hague
  • Wall sculpture (1980), police Burg. Wegstapel Square in Zoetermeer (architectural design of colored plexiglass panels in a two-story aluminum construction)
  • Synthetic construction F11 (1981), courtyard Vest in Dordrecht - reinstated in 1999
  • Synthetic construction F13 (1984), Avenue of the United Nations in Dordrecht - reinstated in 1999
  • F26 (1990) in the sculpture park of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo
  • Spacetime (I) (1989) in Rotterdam, Prince Alexander district
  • Spacetime II (restored in 2004) n Rotterdam, Prince Alexander


  • In 1958 Baljeu published Mondrian and Miró (published by Edition de Beek in Amsterdam)
  • From 1958 to 1964 he was responsible for the international journal Structure, a stage for the geometric abstract art.
  • From 1958 to 1962 he worked on the monograph Theo van Doesburg (published by Vista, London in 1974).