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Bart Van Der Schelling


Bart Van Der Schelling


Van der Schelling. b. May 1892, Netherlands; to the US in 1926 or 1927; Dutch; Married (left his wife); House painter; Domicile New York;Sailed March 10, 1937 aboard the Washington; Served with the XV BDE, WIA Brunete; d. 1970, Mexico City, Mexico. 

Source: Ross collection VALB Memorial Tribute, December 6, 1970.

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Last Name Van der Schelling
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Additional Notes Bartholomeus Van der Schelling is born in the Netherlands in May 1892. He leaves the Netherlands abruptly in 1926 or '27, when he's in his mid-thirties--it seems primarily to escape a bad marriage. He emigrates to the US. In New York City he meets and befriends the painter Willem de Kooning, fellow Dutchman. They set up a house painting business together. Bart becomes radicalized. In 1936 he enlists for the ALB, goes over on the same boat as the composer Conlon Nancarrow. He fights in the ALB, is severely wounded at Brunete (facial injury). While recovering in the Murcia hospital--and this is the interesting part--he comes up with the Spanish lyrics for Viva la Quince Brigada as we know it, using an existing folk melody (he was a terrific baritone). After the war he goes back to the US. In 1941 he records a record for the League of American Writers, Behind The Barbed Wire, with SCW songs and concentration camp songs (as a fundraiser). He is one of the candidates to join the re-named Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger. In 1943 he is the best man at De Kooning's wedding. He later moves to Mexico, with his partner, the painter Edna Moore. After a stroke or heart attack, he himself takes up painting, becoming moderately successful; he has shows in Mexico City and in the Netherlands. He dies in 1970. - Sebastiaan Faber, ALBA Board Chair