1903 - 1979
Rocks and Storm, 1956, oil on board
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To see Houthuesen's development over 60 years
BBC Documentary on the Artist's Life
Introduction to Walk to the Moon
To read Souren Melikian's feature article on Houthuesen in The International Herald Tribune [9.10.10:] click on
Walk To The Moon – The Story of Albert Houthuesen
Walk to the Moon is the first comprehensive, illustrated publication devoted to the life and work of Albert Houthuesen. The book is based on conversations with his biographer Richard Nathanson. Told in the artist’s own words and images, it describes a story unique in the history of art – both for its particular childhood tragedy; and the way this has imbued Houthuesen’s art with a unifying vision that stands alone.
Albert Houthuesen was born in Amsterdam but moved to London in 1912, following the sudden death of his father at the hand of his demented wife. During the twenties, Houthuesen worked at The Royal College of Art with Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Edward Burra, Ceri Richards and Cecil Collins. And thereafter in isolation.
Walk to the Moon is the English translation of the Dutch expression Loop Naar de Maan meaning ‘Forget it’. It was how Houthuesen’s mother would respond whenever as a child, he asked her for painting materials.
'Best Books of 2008' Financial Times
Houthuesen was a Dutch-English modernist, whose life story forms one of the most sensational, offbeat, affecting artist’s biographies I have encountered. Told mostly in his own words, it is illustrated with his strange religious paintings, portraits – especially the sombre but high-colour clowns – and landscapes.
Jackie Wullschlager Chief Art Critic
Published by The Putney Press
250 Illustrated works (106 in colour) 93 Photographs
Hardback 10 x 7 ½ inches (25.5 x 19cms) Price £25 (plus p&p)
ISBN – 978-0-9516219-2-9
Click here to visit www.richardnathanson.co.uk