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Hermanus Berserik

Buoyage Vessel, 1988

Hermanus Berserik (1921-2002) captures a working vessel with a black hull and white superstructure as it passes by along a wide river. Several red and green marker buoys can be seen on the boat’s deck, the Dutch flag flies on the mast. We view the boat from the bank. Perhaps we are watching from a d ... yke? The water, divided into green and bluish grey strips of colour, covers most of the work. The bank on the opposite side becomes the horizon, heightened by a faint line of tree tops and buildings. A grey brown, overcast sky completes the riverscape. Boats made an early appearance in Berserik’s oeuvre, as did buoys and floats. He became increasingly fascinated with these subjects in the 1970s, after purchasing a yacht and navigating the Dutch inland waterways. It’s likely that he sometimes spotted a ‘buoyage vessel’ such as this, which the water management authorities used to position and maintain buoys, beacons and the like. Text: Boris Ariaens, guide and museum host
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Hermanus Berserik
Buoyage Vessel
Acrylic on panel
25 x 30 cm (h x w)
Type of object
© Pictoright

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