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Willem Hofhuizen




 

 

Willem Hofhuizen ( 1915 – 1986) Dutch painter and Expressionist.

From Wikipedia

Wilhelmus Johannes Maria (Willem) Hofhuizen was born in Amsterdam on 27 July 1915 but a few years later his parents moved to Roermond, where Willem spent his childhood at the Kapellerlaan. In 1931 he went to Nijmegen and then to Amsterdam to study at the teachers training college and later at the State Academy for the Visual Arts in Amsterdam, under Jurres and Campendonk. His fellow students at the Academy included Jaap Min, Karel Appel, Corneille and many others who would later rise to fame, as well as Jos Hagemeijer (1920-1991), whom he would later marry and who was a talented artist in her own right. However, it was the Kapellerlaan and the nearby chapel in Roermond that had the most profound impact on Hofhuizen's emotional development. There, he developed his emotional bond with the Catholic church and his sense of the monumental. In Amsterdam, where he had his first workshop at the Lauriersgracht, he soon felt the urge to go the "Catholic south" of the Netherlands, far south, as he later told his friends. In 1944, during the second world war, he moved to the "liberated" city of Deurne (where he stayed with Hendrik Wiegersma, general practitionar and fine artist, and Peer van de Molengraft, fine artist) at the request of industrialist and arts patron Henk te Strake and in 1946 he moved further south to the “Catholic” city of Maastricht, where he was to remain for the rest of his life. In Deurne his first son, Peter, was born. Later the Hofhuizens had a daughter, Josée, and another son, Domien. Willem Hofhuizen had his second workshop in Maastricht at the Pieterstraat in the old mill above the workshop of Hubert Felix, a glazier. When this was to be demolished as part of a city redevelopment project, the municipality offered him all the space he wanted in the school for canal-boat children at the Lage Kanaaldijk, for a symbolic sum. There he continued to work and - after the judicial separation from his wife in 1956 - live, until his death on 23 December 1986. After his separation Tinie van Bragt - the wife of Tonnie van Bragt, professor at the Academy for the Visual Arts Jan van Eyck in Maastricht - cared for him for almost twenty years. She did his laundry for him and brought him food. To soften his grief and relieve his loneliness she sometimes came to read a book or exchange a few words with him at his house in the evening. Hofhuizen spent the last ten years of his life with his bosom friend, the painter Petran Vermeulen (1915-1988), and his dear friend Marianne Bakels. After Willem Hofhuizen’s death Petran Vermeulen said he wished that he, too, were dead. Two years later his wish was fulfilled.

 

 

La virginité sous le domino couleur d'invisible


 

La pudeur sous le domino couleur le rose


 

L'ardeur sous le domino incarnat


 

L'espérance sous le domino vert


 

La fidélité sous le domino bleu


 

La langeur sous le domino violet


 

Nude Reclining


 

La coquetterie sous diferens dominos


 

Les coucous bénévoles sous des dominos jaunes


 

La jalousie taciturne sous le domino gris de maure


 

La frénésie ou le désespoir sous le domino noir


 

Free after Rubens
1974


 

Crucifixion
1973


 

Weeping women
1976


 

Crucifixion
1965


 

The Mystery that is Woman
1964


 

Bathing women
1967


 

Bathing women
1967


 

Bathing women


 

Bathing women


 

Bathing women


 

Bathing women


 

Pavement café


 

Pavement café


 

Pavement café


 

Pavement café


 

Pavement café


 

Table conversation
1947


 

Table conversation
1978


 

Table conversation
1982


 

Still life
1977


 

Balspel


 

Bruiloft van Kanaan


 

Nude reclining


 

La-frenesie
 
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