“Every painting is a self portrait.” -Henk Bos
If you’ve been to my house you know that the kitchen is full of food paintings we’ve collected from thrift stores. Upon hanging this newest edition, I noticed the signature in the corner matched a couple others on the wall.
So I googled him.
Born in Holland in 1901, Bos was considered a modern Dutch Master. He was compared to Rembrandt, but he was a humble man who thought the comparison a bit much.
Bos exclusively painted still lifes of fruit and vegetables, ceramic cups and pewter pitchers, fish on plates, eggs and copper kettles.
His paintings were popular in the 1950s and 1960s, even though more avant garde work was in style.
He was a prolific painter, the trademarks for his reproductions were held by two competing offset lithography press companies.
While many of his reproductions can be found for sale online, I found very few personal details about the man behind them. .
How was his work so popular as to be widely reproduced, and yet we do not recognize his name as a culture?
How do I own 9 of his works, but am unable to unearth more than a brief bio?
Who is this guy?