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Sierk Schröder
Sierk Carl Schröder (Ambon, 1926 – 2002) was an influential artist, aquarellist, painter and draftsman. From 1922 to 1925 he attended the academy in The Hague. In addition he is tutored privately by Henk Meyer. Afterwards he travels to Paris where he joins the studio of André Lhôte. Schröder has sometimes been called the artist who bridged the gap between traditional craftsmanship and the contemporary reevaluation of figurative painting, especially when it comes to portraits. Against the Zeitgeist he kept holding on to traditional techniques which made him a sought after painter of portraits for the well to do. Members of the Dutch Royal House as well as many captains of industry had their portraits painted by him. The many commissions sometimes kept him from freer work in nature which he also loved. Sierk Schröder was a lecturer at the Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunst in The Hague and professor at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited at the Rijksmuseum, the Arnhems Gemeentemuseum, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Singer Museum Laren, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam en at Pulchri Studio and also in galleries and museums in France, Engeland and Germany. He received many prizes and decorations and several documentaries and publications about his life and work have seen the light.

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