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Sincere & Religious: Joop Stierhout

Sincere & Religious: Joop Stierhout - Lyklema Fine Art

Joop Stierhout (Arnhem 1911–1997 Amsterdam) was a Dutch impressionist painter and twin brother of Noud. The boy's drawing talent was already noticeable at primary school, and he successfully attended the art academy in his native city and then settled in Amsterdam. His subjects then change from the landscape to cityscapes, although he also frequently captures the Gooi and Vecht region during the summer months. His portraits of Amsterdam are especially popular. He is also known for his (flower) still lifes. Joop Stierhout painted in the style and tradition of the Hague School, but with more color and liked to work on location en plein air in the tradition of impressionism. Romantic farms with haystacks in the Gooi, views of the Amsterdam canals, the beauty of the waterfront. The Amsterdam construction site also interested him, just like Breitner and other Amsterdam painters at that time.

He also made religious representations, the so-called and famous "Fatimas", in which Stierhout depicts the miraculous apparitions. For one of these, 'Hagar and Ishmael' (collection of the Museum for Religious Art in Uden), he received a nomination for the Prix de Rome in 1938. In 1940 he received a nomination for the Prix de Rome. he received the royal subsidy (cityscapes). He would have liked to have made study trips, but unfortunately war broke out. In Amsterdam he met Karolina Scheffel, whom he married in 1946. They stayed briefly in Paris, but returned despite burgeoning success. he was further infected by impressionism.

His sincere style is in line with that of Monet and Bonnard. He had no interest in modernism; his work is more in line with artists such as Breitner, Israëls and Jan Sluyters. He was also a student of Hendrik Jan Wolter and Johannes Jurres for a while. His craftsmanship has led to exhibitions at Bennewitz in The Hague, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Kunstzaal Buffa, Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and Hotel de l'Europe. Joop was also a teacher at the Obrecht Academy. In 1968 he opened the window gallery "St. Joseph" on the van Baerlestraat, which heralded a (financially) happy period. The Dutch flower arrangements and Amsterdam cityscapes find their way among visitors to the concert hall. From the eighties onwards, his cityscapes took on a lighter color and an even looser touch after a stay in French Provence with one of his children.

The images below come from with permission from the family.


Atelieroogst 1954
Rembrandtsplein 1957
Rembrandtsplein 1957
Schildervreugde 1957
Schildervreugde 1958
Fatima verschijning 1971
Fatima verschijning 1971
Prinsengracht 1979
Prinsengracht 1979
Portret Mullender 1980
Portrait Mullender 1980 
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