Liebermann, de zee van meneer Max

This book is on its way to the printer, and the original illustrations are on their way to the Gemeentemuseum.

I have finished work on the picturebook about the painter Max Liebermann, that we made for Leopold publishers and the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.

I have loved working on this, already the 19th book in the series of artbooks for children, published by the museum and Leopold.

It will be in the shops on March 21, and the exhibition opens on the 24th.


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Monday hero: Winifred Nicholson

I had planned to show the work of Spanish painter Ramon Casas i Carbo today, but around this time of year I start jearning for signes of SPRING, so I suddenly chose to show the flower still lifes of the British painter Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981).

Nicholson's work drags you into spring.

Just look at the painting Easter Monday for instance, top middle, the sun bounces off it!

Some people don't like still life painting, and consider flower still life especially frumpy, but I'm a fan!


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New price baby T-shirts

I often get orders for my handprinted baby T-shirts, almost always with the child's name on the sleeve or back.

Up till now, they cost € 17,50. By now the shirts I use, and the other materials have gone up in cost, so I have to raise the price to € 19,50.


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Monday hero: Wim Hofman

Yesterday, during an 'artist's talk' at De Ploegh gallery in Amersfoort, I was asked what the difference was between illustration and 'free' art. 

I answered that an illustration was always serving the story, and therefore didn't have to be able to stand on its own.

But a good example that the boundary between illustration and art isn't that firm, is the work of Dutch illustrator and artist Wim Hofman (1941).

His illustrations effortlessly stand on their own, and his art has a certain openness that illustration has also.

Something to aspire to.


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Monday hero: John Minton

John Minton (1917-1957) worked as an illustrator and artist, like myself.

He made various posters, book covers, illustrations and paintings.

Nowadays he is mostly remembered for his illustrations, but his free work is impressive as well.

Minton didn't get to be very old, 'he suffered from very bad depression, and in '57 died from an overdose of sleeping tablets and alcohol.


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Liebermann at Leopold

This morning Koos and I took the illustrations for De zee van meneer Max to the publishers, Leopold in Amsterdam. It is our picturebook for the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, to go with the Max Liebermann exhibition that opens in March.

It was a lovely project to work on, and I can't wait to see the exhibition!


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Monday hero: Anton Mauve

I am nearing the end of my work for the picturebook about Max Liebermann for the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.

In one of the reference books on my desk there is also a picture of the painting I like very much: Woman with her goat by Anton Mauve (1838-1888)

That is why I wanted to show you more of his work today.

He is one of the founders of the 'Larense school' of painting.

His works not only depict life in the idylic village of Laren, but also often life at the coast.

Mauve had his studio in The Hague, near the sea.

He died unexpectedly at the age of fifty, but nevertheless left a great corpus of work.


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Monday hero: Waldemar Otto

Yesterday I was in Amersfoort for the opening of the Grafiekmanifestatie exhibition at De Ploegh Gallery (where I found two red stickers next to my print already, luckily)

Beforehand I took the time to visit another exhibition at Flehite Museum:

Waldemar Otto, sculptures from Worpswede

Now, I have been to Worpswede a couple of times, the artist colony in Germany where f.i. Paula Modersohn lived and worked. And the sculpture of the old lady in the chair, top left, is my absolute favorite in the museum there.

Work by Otto (1929) is slightly abstract, but 'humane'.

The exhibition is on till January 21, if you have the chance: go see it.



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Monday hero: Emile Claus

The work of the Belgian painter Emile Claus (1849-1924) is defined by the light in them.

Claus was an important representative of the Luminist painters.

His early work is very realistic, later work is more atmospheric.

He often painted farmers in the Leie district.

Some work is a bit 'sweet', but his use of colour is always beautiful.


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Monday hero: Barnett Freedman

First of all: best wishes for 2018!

We enter the new year with Barnett Freedman (1901-1958), British artist and illustrator, son of Russia Jewish immigrants.

Although Freedman had poor health, and therefore no more education than elementary school, he took evening classes at St. Martin's School of Art, and was at last admitted to the Royal College of Art.

Freedman worked as a painter and illustrator, and designed various things, like postage stamps, packaging and book jackets.

I love the way he builds up colours 'simply' in layers of yellow, blue, red and black.

Freedmans' health remained poor, and he died far too young in 1958.


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