ALBERT  HOUTHUESEN

 1903 - 1979 

 

 

 

 Rocks and Sea Great Orne, North Wales, 1965/68, oil on board 12¼ x 19½  (No 14 in Exhibition)                                                             

       

 

 

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Exhibition

 

 The Works
To see Houthuesen's development over 60 years

 

BBC Documentary on the Artist's Life

 

Museum Collections

Artist's Biography

 

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

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/09/arts/09iht-melik9.html?ref=takashimurakami

 

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
Email: info@theputneypress.co.uk

256 Pages  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

 

Richard Nathanson gave a presentation on Albert Houthuesen at the Wimbledon Book Festival on 5th October 2010

 The presentation included part of his 1976 BBC film on the artist. And images of Houthuesen’s work over sixty years with readings of the artist’s words.

Through an engaging, superbly presented performance, Richard Nathanson became the artist Albert Houthuesen. Taking the audience on a journey that charted the artist’s life and work, by combining his words spoken to Richard over 40 years ago, with showing part of the very moving BBC documentary and beautifully sharp projected images of his pictures, the effect was spellbinding. Richard has, through his passion, brought to life this fascinating, overlooked artist. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative event I can recommend to anyone.

 Colin Thomas, Manager, Waterstone’s, Putney. 

Richard Nathanson’s presentation ‘Walk to the Moon - The Story of Albert Houthuesen’ was enormously enjoyable. And full of passion, conviction and marvellous clarity – rare in a lecturer these days. What an intriguing, complicated figure Houthuesen is. I was particularly taken by the expressive power of his landscapes. They seem to me to be his most formally audacious and daring inventions, imbued with a remarkable colour sense.

 Chris Riopelle, Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, National Gallery, London.

 

I suspect that Houthuesen will come to be seen as one of the great figures in post-World  War II Western Art.  This will be facilitated by the new mood that is perceptible in the art world.  The current emphasis on pranks, from Damien Hirst to Jeff Koons to Murakami, may not last forever.

Souren Melikian, International Herald Tribune.

 

 

Click here to visit www.richardnathanson.co.uk