Verve (1951-1957)

In 1951 Nol formed a group called Verve together with Theo Bitter, Willem Schrofer, Frans de Wit en Jan van Heel. The main reason for forming this group was their unity of thinking about art. All of them thought it very important to expose works of art directly to the public, without the restricive interference of intellectual theories.

 

 

In the beginning only artists working figuratively were invited to join. In total twenty artists (fifteen painters and five sculptors) became a member of Verve. Verve was very succesful. During its existence the group exhibited continously.

 

Furthermore, several members received the Jacob Maris Price, the The Hague price for painting and drawing. Nol was awarded the first price in 1953 for his monumental work ‘Man and woman’ depicting the artist himself and his wife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  group style of painting and sculpting was figurative. Verve did not intend to start a revolution in art. The group was clearly influenced by artists working and living in Paris, like Soutin and Modigliani.

 

 

 

 

 

As time went by, the influence of Abstract Art increased. Some of the group started to experiment with the style and when in 1956 three new painters all working in the abstract joint the group, this became the leading style. There was no unity anymore, and the group  split up in 1957. All members continued working and exhibiting individually afterwards.

 

 

Members:

Painters:
Kees Andrea (1914 – 2006), Hannie Bal (1921-2012), Herman Berserik (1921 – 2002), Theo Bitter (1916 – 1994), Querine Collard (1920 – 1963), Jan van Heel (1898 – 1990), Nol Kroes (1918 – 1976), Willem Minderman (1910 – 1985), Henk Munnik (1912 – 1997), Rinus van der Neut (1910 – 1999), Willem Schrofer (1898 – 1968), Ferry Slebe (1907 – 1994), Frans Vollmer (1913 – 1961), Co Westerik (1924) and Frans de Wit (1901 – 1981).

Sculpters:
Hubert Bekman, (1896 – 1974), Dirk Bus (1907 – 1978), Theo van der Nahmer (1917 – 1989), Rudi Rooijackers (1920 – 1998) and Bram Roth (1916 – 1995).

Later joimed:

Rein Draijer (1899 – 1986), Wil Bouthoorn (1916 – 2004), George Lampe (1921 – 1982), Christiaan de Moor (1899 – 1981) and Aart van den IJssel, (1922 – 1983).