Harm Kamerlingh Onnes was born into an artistic family. His first ‘teachers’ were
his father Menso (1860-1925) and his uncle Floris Verster.
He was active in Oegstgeest and Katwijk, but also travelled to Sumatra, China and
Japan and through Europe and England.
He met Theo van Doesburg, and in 1917 joined the movement De Stijl,
undergoing the influence of Bart van der Leck.
He was a very versatile artist, who also created glass windows and ceramics, and
had very much a style of his own, always playful and full of humoristic
observation, simple at first glance and very direct, without need for any complex
from the collection of Willem Pieter Adriaan Ditmar (1910-1981), wellknown businessman and keen collector of works by
Harm Kamerlingh Onnes and contemporaries;
collection Mrs. Nypels.
Raadhuis Naarden, ‘Expositie van schilderijen van
H.H. Kamerlingh Onnes’, March -April 1969;
Voorschoten, Cultureel Centrum, ‘H.H. K. Onnes’, 1973, cat. no. 41;
Venlo, Museum van Bommel van Dam, 1973, cat. no. 41.