Art Of The Day

Today we remember Christine Boumeester, who died on this day in 1971. Take a look at this soothing, delicate etching by the artist as you learn more about her life. 

Born in Jakarta in 1904, Boumeetser settled in the Netherlands as a young woman. She studied printmaking at the School of Fine Arts in The Hague and received her art teaching diploma in 1925. In the same year, she took a private studio in The Hague produced her first original lithographs under the tutelage of Reuter. A decade later, Boumeester held her first solo exhibition in Amsterdam. Shortly after this exhibition, Boumeester relocated to Paris, where she enrolled at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere. While continuing her studies, Boumeester met her husband Henri Goetz. The couple was artistically active in Vassily Kandinsky’s circle. As World War II intensified, Goetz began printing false papers to help Jews escape France. Though the couple was able to aid many French Jews, their operation was eventually discovered and they were force to assume aliases and flee to Nice. In Nice, the became acquainted with Jean Arp, Alberto Magnelli, Nicolas de Staël, and Francis Picabi. Boumeester and Picabi remained dear friends for the rest of their lives, and Boumeester aided in the restoration of Picabi’s painting “Udnie.” 

In addition to her skill as an artist and conservator, Boumeester also was an accomplished translator. In 1962, she translated Kandinsky’s manifesto “Point, Line, Surface” from the German.

Untitled, Signe 10: Cahiersde Gravures originales d’artistes contemporains

Christine Boumeester (Dutch, 1904 – 1971)

Untitled, Signe 10: Cahiersde Gravures originales d’artistes contemporains

, 1961
Gift of James A. Leach and Elisabeth F. Leach, 2015.297s