Be inspired by the stunning art works spread over the resort and in the main building Havezate at Hof van Saksen. Dive into the Drenthe of Paul Wieggers, meet Sam Drukker's intimates, dream of the animals from Pieter Pander, and reflect on the largest still life from Henk Helmantel. The art collection of Hof van Saksen consists of a fantastic collection of varied regional painters.
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Henk Helmantel is one of the most important figurative artists in the Netherlands. He's known for his still life paintings and church interiors in which the tiniest details are carefully elaborated. Helmantel loves to paint everyday subjects with a very well composed structure. Nothing in his art is there without a reason.
In 2011, Sam Drukker, a master in portraits, was voted Artist of the Year. Drukker works with a characteristic variety of wide and narrow paint strokes. With his special style, he reveals the heart of the models.
During his youth, Paul Wieggers had no idea that he would begin a career as a painter. It was only after his 26th birthday that he took this step. Wieggers is inspired by landscapes that we rarely see in the Netherlands today. He doesn't paint the bustle of the city, but portrays with utmost realism the small scale, intimate environment with countless refined brush strokes.
The irreverent portraits painted by Pieter Pander (1962) reveal much more than the viewer will notice at first glance. Renowned for his portraits, Pander's work is representative of Contemporary Realism. He depicts not only people (of all ages), but is also famous for his intrusive animal portraits. Pander works with a subdued palette of signature colours, consisting mostly of blue, grey, white and brown.
Ton Dubbeldam (1957) is known for painting recognizable, well-known locations. But that's not all. By expanding certain elements, he transforms these familiar landscapes into something unrecognizable. Playful reflections of the summer evening light give the water surface a fairytale-like image. With his artwork, Dubbeldam opens a window to an infinite reality where realism and abstraction blend together.
Joke Frima paints everyday natural beauty. From a simple pale yellow pear to a fragile cucumber flower and an elegant nasturtium flower. She lets nature dictate her palette: her works often feature green tones, enhanced with more eye-catching colours for the details, such as the flower. Joke Frima's work mainly focuses on portraying reality in all its glory.
At first glance it may be hard to comprehend Ilse Oelbers’ bronze and wooden sculptures. Oelbers (1964) depicts mainly people, but also the occasional animal. Her sculptures are often incomplete, with parts missing. The result of her technique is that these figures of bronze and wood almost seem to breath. Pure beauty, trapped in bronze and wood.
Although they lack minute details, the bronze sculptures of Bert Kiewiet (1918 - 2008) are surprisingly lifelike. Kiewiet loved people and enjoyed portraying them in their daily environment around Drenthe. He was also well known for portraying old crafts. He sculpted an old peasant woman scrubbing milk cans, a group of farmers at a market and a nurse on her bike. Kiewit used his sculptured artwork to give us a peek into the lives of regular people throughout the ages.
Eja Siepman van den Berg
The bronze and marble sculptures created by Eja Siepman van den Berg (1943) are both elegant and understated. Her main theme is usually women or young girls. Her sculptures are immediately recognizable for her signature composition: each sculpture is carefully finished until it has an ultra smooth surface. Van den Berg was trained at the Amsterdam Rijksacademie and acquired an excellent sense of human anatomy. Her inspiration comes from ancient Greek kouroi (free-standing ancient Greek sculptures), but modern masters such as Brâncuși have also left their mark on her work. In 2017 Van den Berg's classic yet modern body of work was awarded the prestigious Wilhelminaring.
Bastiaan de Groot
A good sculpture has to transmit emotion or an experience, according to Bastiaan de Groot. The work has to move the viewer, somehow, someway. The sculptor finds some of his meaning in the material he uses. “I am fascinated by stone”, explains de Groot. The power of a slab of stone is hidden in eon-old layers. The artists sees it as a form of energy, which with certain techniques can be extracted and moulded. He sees this approach used around the world, including in the large stones at Stonehenge and the pyramids in Egypt. By sculpting ancient pieces of stone until he has formed specific topics or compositions, de Groot creates powerful sculptures that each tell their own story.