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The hilly outskirts of the Veluwe, The Netherlands

Inspired by the open air

Part of the Barbizon naturalist tradition, the small and picturesque village of Oosterbeek became home to one of the first Dutch artists’ colonies. Situated between heathland, many forests and the river Rhine, the village attracted nature fans, such as landscape painter J.W. Bilders. As the first to settle in Oosterbeek, he longed to capture the flux of light. The painter became an inspiration to many others, such as Paul Gabriël, Willem Roelofs, Jozef Israëls, the brothers Willem and Matthijs Maris and Anton Mauve and to his son Gerard. 

Bilders had an unconventional, yet Romantic touch and looked at his surroundings from a new perspective. His son Gerard, who died rather young, is recognised as a forerunner of the Hague School. Even though Oosterbeek as an artists’ colony experienced its moment of glory around the 1880s, painters still find inspiration to paint in the village and nature nearby. Go see those paintings visiting one of many exhibitions in Oosterbeek and Renkum every year. Pay a visit to the Kunstroute Renkum, tour ArtBorne during the Airborne March, or look up one of the many expositions by Scarabee, foundation for Art and Landscape.

The main artists who lived and worked here:

Frederik Hendrik Hendriks (*1808 – 1865)
Johannes Warnardus Bilders (*1811 – 1890)
Willem Maris (*1844 – 1910)
Théophile de Bock (*1851 – 1904)
Carel Bernardus Dankmeijer (*1861 – 1923)
Bernadus Arps (*1865 – 1938)
Antoon Markus (*1870 – 1955)
Xeno Münninghoff (*1873 – 1944)
Andries Verleur (*1876 – 1953)
Barend Ferwerda (*1880 – 1958)

Airborne Museum Hartenstein
Utrechtseweg 232
6862 AZ Oosterbeek
Museum Veluwezoom
Kasteel Doorwerth
Fonteinallee 2
6865 ND Doorwerth
+ 31 26 33 97 406
Contemporary art and landscape in the municipality of Renkum
Alderman for Culture
Daniëlle van Bentem
Generaal Urquhartlaan 4
6861 GG Osterbeek
+31 26 33 48 111