Artist Aat Veldhoen
(1934, Amsterdam) pursued his drawing studies in an annex of the Rijksmuseum, where he took classes in portrait drawing under Jan van Tongeren. His work received almost immediate official recognition and appreciation from both press and public. This led to a three year Royal Subsidy Grant for Painting and in subsequent years, Aat Velhoen created an impressive body of graphic work, comprising nearly 400 prints. He has depicted, in varying media, landscapes, portraits, self-portraits, nudes and drawings of lovers.
His often-moving impressions of road-accident victims, women in childbirth and patients before and after operations are a first in art history.Aat Veldhoen's social idealism in art stems both from his experiences during the 'Hunger Winter' of World War II and the influences from his artist father. Veldhoen considered the master Rembrandt a great source of inspiration which can be witnessed in Veldhoen's sharp eye for detail and his ability to create, with just a few deft brush-strokes, a profound impression of subjects from everyday life.
While Aat Veldhoen has held a certain reverence for Rembrandt's style and technique, his recent work captures the irony and humour of current events in the Netherlands, including poking fun at public figures. Perhaps this is why the director of Amsterdam's Rembrandt Museum stated in the hour-long Dutch Public Television documentary broadcast in 2002: “Veldheon is the greatest graphic artist in Netherlands history."