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Peter Vos – Illustrated Bird Books

Tue 7 Dec - Sun 27 Feb
  • 7 Dec
    27 Feb
    niet reserveerbaar

Peter Vos – Illustrated Bird Books surveys the unique hand-drawn bird books of Peter Vos (1935-2010), known to many Dutch people for his “animal happy families”.  Vos made his first bird book, De 100 reigers (‘The 100 Storks’) at the illustrious “Jagtlust” country house in Blaricum, for his lover, the poet Fritzi Harmsen van Beek. 

This exhibition has been prompted by the publication of a facsimile edition of Peter Vos’s finest bird book, De 333 vogels (‘333 Birds’) of 1980-82. The show is centred around this album, among a series of other unique books, including Studies in Grijs (‘Studies in Grey’, 1978-80), Vogels in Spanje (‘Birds in Spain’, 1984) and In Eilat (1995). A number of Vos’s bird books have recently been rediscovered. They include Klutenstudie (‘Avocet Study’, 1982) and two bird diaries (1980-1983), which are also on display in the exhibition. 

Besides his naturalistic bird books, Vos also made an album full of fantasised images of people metamorphosing into birds, entitled Metamorfosen van Ovidius (‘Ovid’s Metamorphoses’, 2003). At that time, his sketchbooks were populated by ancient mystical creatures like harpies and minotaurs, centaurs and griffins. Numerous studies for the albums and drawings complete the picture. After studying at the Rijksacademie, Peter Vos constantly drew birds, becoming more and more skilled at depicting the way they looked and moved. His ability to portray our feathered friends down to the smallest detail is unparalleled. 

The exhibition has been curated by art historian Jan Piet Filedt Kok, an expert on the work of Peter Vos. The facsimile De 333 vogels is available at the Singer Shop.