Antonius, “Toon,” Bernardus Kelder studied art in the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Arts
where he learnt from Alexander Van Maasdijk and
Frederik Natchweh their techniques to paint portraits, still lives, sea and landscapes.
Toon Kedler first paintings were very realistic style using dark tones, but during the 30s his style became more romantic and sheer. He included lighter and softer shapes, capturing scenes such as musical angels, riders and nudes in Arcadian landscapes. It is specially this soft, blurred colours that make his artwork recognizable.
Toon Kedler’s paintings look for simplicity, trying to refine the subject to achieve its main essence. In this way, he created shapeless representations of the world. But he still thought this was not enough.
The Second World War had a great impact on his life as it led him to find liberation in
abstraction. Feeling free,
he destroyed much of his earlier work and started experimenting with other forms and materials.
His paintings turned into abstract drawings and black and white gouaches.
At the end of the 40s, Toon Kedler started sculpting. His artwork was considered a tridimensional representation of his paintings, but by the time, it became his only way of expression.
We can find much of his artwork in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.