THE LAST ARTIST OF THE MENGELBERG-FAMILY
This Willem (1897-1969), the eldest son of Otto (1867) and Elisabeth continued as the third Willem in line in the artistic profession of his family, working for the Catholic church and profane Catholic institutions like the KRO broadcast studios and the V&D concern. He was born in Rijsenburg like his seven younger siblings. The last two were born in Utrecht. He got his training at the workshop of his father and uncle. The picture illustrating the third generation shows the workshop of his father. He got also a professional education at the ‘Kunstnijverheidsschool’ in Amsterdam. He managed in his fathers’ workshop the department of profane arts. In 1921 he joined in a venture with Otto and 1924 he continued the atelier on his own. In 1932 he moved to Zeist. He specialised in the production of painted glass for secular and profane commissioners. The churches of Schagen, Zeist, Bilthoven and Fatima (Portugal) possess work of Willem. He married in 1923 with Helena Preisser (1896-1991). There were no descendants of this couple. Like his father, grandfather and uncle he chooses a traditionalist expression and traditional subjects for his designs, but in a modernist way like his uncle, Hans. But like him, his ‘language’ stays conservative and old-fashioned; most likely because he kept to the figurative tradition. The stained glass windows in the S. Victor in Batenburg deserve a special mention because they were preserved, because of the style and technique and the subject, the ‘ten commandments’.
Of his profane works, the windows in the ‘Villa Jongerius’ are particular to be addressed to, and it would be very wise to conserve these pieces of art, illustrative for the period in which they arise and the commissioners. In this case, the combination of the windows and the architecture and interior decoration is very ingenious. Willem closed his workshop in 1965 and died four years later.