Gerrit Willem van Blaaderen lived in Bergen for the last fourteen years of his life, where he made beautiful paintings that clearly reflect the influence of the Bergense School art movement.
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In 1905 Gerrit Willem van Blaaderen married the well-to-do painter Riet Hoogendijk. Through this marriage he came into contact with the large collection of paintings by her brother Cornelis Hoogendijk. Cornelis owned about a thousand works of art. Lots of old art, but also very modern art at the time, including work by Sisley, Cézanne and Van Gogh. Part of this collection hung in the country house that the Van Blaaderen couple had built by architect De Bazel. Van Blaaderen was greatly influenced by these artists. Van Blaaderen was one of the founders of the Dutch Artists Circle and at that time more was paid for his work than for work by Sluijters, Gestel or Mondriaan. Like his friend Leo Gestel, he kept innovating his work.