Those who love portrait art can indulge themselves! The exhibition ‘The Portrait’, organized by the foundation The Dutch Portrait Prize, can be seen from 25 June to 26 September 2021 in the Orangerie wing of Slot Zeist.


The 50 portraits nominated for the Dutch Portrait Prize 2021 can be seen in this beautifully arranged exhibition. The winners in the various categories were announced on June 24th. There is also a public award. When you visit the exhibition you can cast your vote. Visit Slot Zeist, Zinzendorlaan 1, 3703 CE Zeist. Every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reserve a time slot:

The ambiance of the exhibition leaves nothing to be desired. In three adjoining rooms on the first floor in the Orangerie, all works are clearly displayed and neatly illuminated.



The catalog contains an overview of all works and a short account of the creation of each work by the artist.

In addition, art historian Rudi Ekkart gives a brief and clear explanation of the Dutch portrait tradition, after which art historian Isabella Lanz explains how one can look at a selfportrait. In a crystal-clear selection report, finally, Harriet Stoop-de Meester, art historian specialized in contemporary portrait art, describes which criteria had led the jury to its final verdict.


The exhibition also includes my portrait bust ‘Serenity’.

Here I am on May 20, 2021, the day on which 50 works were nominated from 114 preselected works. This shortlist was the result of a first selection from more than 1400 earlier submitted competing portraits!

‘Serenity’ on May 20, 2021, with model Marjolein Fontijn.

More images of this sculpture you find here:

The winners

These were the winners of this year’s competition. In the category 2-dimensional:
Sandra Thie, ‘2020’ (lonesome self portrait in the year of the Covid pandemic), oil on canvas, 100x100cm

In the categorie 30dimensional:
Herman Benschop, ‘Felien with curly hair’, Aurora pink Portugees marble, pigment, 31x26x13cm


When you visit the exhibition you can cast your vote. Visit Slot Zeist, Zinzendorlaan 1, 3703 CE Zeist. Every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


‘Damage Inspection’ 2020, oil on canvas, 50x70cm.

I created this painting as a reaction to the following story. On 29 March 1918, a few months before the end of the Great War, the roof of the Église Saint-Gervais in Paris was hit by a shell. It came from a newly developped enormous gun the Germans had located at a 100 kilometers from Paris. At the very moment the shell hit the roof, the congregation was gathered together to celebrate Good Friday. The roof collapsed with thunderous roar, killing 91 people.

One of them was Rose-Mary André-Michel Ormond, 24 years old, favorite niece of the famous painter John Singer Sargent. She had married Robert André-Michel in 1913. Robert joined the army at the beginning of the war and fell in action in October 1914.

Rose-Mary had originally volunteered for service with the Red Cross, but with Robert gone, she needed to commit more fully to the war effort. So in 1915 she joined the nursing staff at the newly-established rehabilitation hospital at Reuilly, dedicated to treating soldiers who had been blinded by armaments or mustard gas.

The loss of Rose-Mary, who had posed for Sargent many a times, affected Sargent deeply. After the war, Sargent painted a huge masterpiece for the British government, called ‘Gassed’. The banded-eyed soldiers must have visually recreated for him the blinded soldiers to whom Rose-Mary had dedicated the last years of her life. When I discovered a photograph from a newspaper showing the havoc after the impact of the shell at the Saint-Gervais Church, I simply had to paint the strange scene of the all this rubble, under which I imagined the heavily damaged body of Rose-Mary.

The subject of the painting are the three male figures right in the center, inspecting the damage shortly after the impact; you can see the dust still whirling…

‘Gassed’, 1919, by John Singer Sargent, oil on canvas, 231×611,1cm, Imperial War Museum, London.

‘Nonchaloir’, 1911, by John Singer Sargent, oil on canvas, 63,8×76,2cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C

Unfortunately 2021 has begun with the temporarily closure of the Tuesday night Open Studio for Painters because of the lockdown, proclaimed by our government. The painters evenings will
resume as soon as the restrictions will be ended.

All participants will be notified via WhatsApp.

On December 10th 2020 the Monument in honor of resistance fighters was unveiled at the corner of Kwartellaan and Dr. Jan Schoutenlaan at Maassluis. The unveiling concluded the activities around the 75th anniversary year of ‘Freedom in Maassluis’ and was carried out by the mayor of Maassluis, Mr. E. Haan. The monument was created by me on behalf of the municipality of Maassluis, represented by the Foundation for Public Events Maassluis (SPEM).

The monument with the portraits of the killed 9 members of the resistance group “Maassluise Geuzen” consists of three three-sided columns of rusty brown Corten steel to which three cut-out panels are connected, which symbolize “resistance”, “freedom” and “peace”. These materials represent the harshness and inaccessibility of the period of the Second World War.

The monument is located in the Freedom Park, because the surrounding streets are named after the nine resistance fighters who died: Sjaak Boezeman, Cornelis Booster, Arie Bouman, Jan van der Burg, Petrus de Pagter, Johannes Peterse, Willem Weltevreden, Nicolaas van ‘t Wout and Job van der Zee.