Who is Will Kesseler?

By Gwylym Owen

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Will Kesseler was a Luxembourgian painter, considered to be one of nation’s best Colourists.

He was born in Mersch on 17 August 1899 and died in Luxembourg on 24 September 1983.

After having taught art, he left the country for the former Belgian Congo and Chad, where he was employed as a project commissioner for various railway construction companies. These periods abroad terribly influenced his definitely varied artistic production, which includes still life, flowers, Congo and Luxembourg landscapes, figures, nudes and abstract work.

After his rather academic beginnings, the artist, who twice standard the Prix Grand-Duc Adolphe (1946 and 1950), turned in 1951 to abstract painting. His Africa inspired gouaches are characterised, as are his additional paintings, by expanses of sound colours, pure, vigorous, intense and shimmering with mighty bold contrasts in which yellow, blue, red and above whatever contrasting greens dominate. Dynamic geometrical, curving and undulating shapes cordially intersect or are superimposed, giving up to date figurative glimpses of tropical vegetation.

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