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Join us on 13 February for opening of exhibition: Oil paintings by Anita van Sliedregt

8 February 2024

Join us on 13 February at 17.00 in the C corridor of the KOG Building for the opening of the art exhibition: 

Tableaux eurasiens: Oil paintings by Anita van Sliedregt

RSVP obligatoryLeiden Law School requires us to provide the names of people attending the opening. Please therefore notify us of your attendance by sending an email to kunstcommissie@law.leidenuniv.nl.

Anita van Sliedregt

Based in Europe, Anita van Sliedregt has painted scenes of the country of her ancestors, the former Dutch East Indies. She wanted to create a picture for herself of the land of quiet power she visualised from stories passed down by family members. In her memories, these were mysterious, colourful tales that captured her imagination, though they could also be quite frightening.

After retiring from teaching French, she began to create a series of oil paintings of the Dutch East Indies using warm colours and inspired at times by artists from the past.

For her paintings of Japan, she drew inspiration from a book about that country given to her by a friend: Portes sur l’Orient. She became interested in Japanese Ukiyo-e art and created a series of oil paintings in which she added her own twist to paintings by Old Masters from this period. She is currently working on impressionist landscape paintings, mainly of the Flevopolder (an island polder forming the bulk of the Dutch province of Flevoland).

A self-taught artist, she started painting in Janny Heinsman’s studio in Lelystad where she lives. Here, she has produced artwork over the years together with a dozen or so other painting enthusiasts who inspire and support each other.

Around five years ago, Anita joined the board of the Stichting Culturale, which supports artists working in Flevoland in many ways. For the past 18 years, this foundation has organised the Tour of Art Flevoland, a two-day event where visual artists exhibit their work at various locations across Lelystad. Anita has participated in this event on two occasions. She has also exhibited alongside two other artists in community centre De Dukdalf in Lelystad.

When her sister Emke van Breugel asked if she would like to exhibit her work in the KOG Building, where Emke worked for many years, Anita said she would be delighted to do so. All the more so as Emke had taught her about art during countless trips to Paris.

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