Houthuesen, Albert (1903-79)

Albert Houthuesen (1903 - 1979) was a Dutch-born British artist. He was born in Amsterdam, but came to London in 1912, following the death of his father by his mother’s hand. During the 1920s, he studied at the Royal College of Art with Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Edward Burra, Ceri Richards and Cecil Collins. He was profoundly influenced by Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Houthuesen’s art is autobiographical and belongs to no 20th century school. He worked in virtual isolation for sixty years, producing still-lives, landscapes, seascapes, portraits, clown figures, biblical, mythical and allegorical scenes. Souren Melikian, in his feature article on Houthuesen in the International Herald Tribune [9.10.10] wrote: I suspect that Houthuesen will come to be seen as one of the great figures in post-World War 11 Western art. His biographer, Richard Nathanson is preparing the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s works; and would be pleased to hear from anyone who knew the artist or owns his work.

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