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Fer Hakkaart

Girl and Boy in the Grass, 1965

Fer Hakkaart (b. 1941) continued to paint realistically at a time when abstraction predominated. After studying at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, from 1964 he embarked on a successful artistic career. The influence of the early work of Co Westerik (1924-2018), Hakkaart’s teacher at The Hag ... ue Academy, can be discerned in this painting: an alienating, somewhat droll scene of a boy and girl with large round faces and huge eyes sitting in the grass. Behind them is a meadow with flowers. The artist makes it seem as though he has zoomed in with a telephoto lens such that the distance between the viewer and the painted scene disappears. The wooden fence on the right gives the impression that the figures, seated in the grass, actually inhabit an enclosed world. The boy tries to balance an empty matchbox on his nose and make a rope figure. The girl does not seem impressed by his capers and gazes out into space: is she bored, or simply absorbed in her own daydreams? Long-term loan from the Cultural Heritage Agency Text: Renate Ketelaars, guide and museum host
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Fer Hakkaart
Girl and Boy in the Grass
Oil on canvas
90 x 100 cm (h x w)
Type of object
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