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Hermanus Berserik

The Little Glutton 2, 1979 - 2001

Cheerful scenes alive with humour, poetry and the occasional touch of Surrealism is what painter Hermanus Berserik (1921-2002) is renowned for. This painting, which he made between 1979 and 2001, is also packed with humour. The boy looks straight at us – innocent or provocative? His eyes are just as ... blue as the shirt, from under which he is revealing himself. Berserik on his work: ‘I do not have a message. I am not showing how terrible everyone is to each other. I don’t want to change the world with my art’. In his teens, after failing his finals, Berserik wanted to attend art school. His mother was against the move, but his father eventually allowed him to go. In The Hague, he followed the advice of the headmaster of the Royal Academy of Art and focused on painting. During the war, he was taught by artists including Paul Citroen (1896-1983) and Rein Draijer (1899-1986), two important mentors. In 1942, he also worked at Citroen’s studio.
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Hermanus Berserik
The Little Glutton 2
1979 - 2001
Acrylic on canvas
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