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Utrecht, January 6, 1909 – Houten, February 3, 1988
JH Moesman (1909-1988) was known as 'the only real Dutch surrealist'. He had a steady job at the Dutch Railways in Utrecht for over forty years and made in the lee of it about the same number of paintings. The best arose in the course of the '30s, when his work was removed for alleged moral repulsiveness from 2 exhibitions in Amsterdam.
Banned again after the war, he was still an almost legendary celebrity during his lifetime. This was more due to his contrarian, anarchistic attitude in daily life which convincingly shaped his interpretation of surrealism, than to his work. http://www.bol.com/nl/p/j-h-moesman/666818183/
Joop Moesman was a railway worker, surrealist painter, polemicist, type designer and amateur photographer. The self-taught Moesman found In the shop of the surrealist Willem Wagenaar a French magazine where he saw images of surrealist painters. He became interested and started working in a similar style. He became the most important surrealist painter in the Netherlands. Moesman's work was internationally recognized only in the 1960s through the efforts of Her de Vries, who showed his works to the leader of the Surrealists in Paris, André Breton. Breton decided to show the Moesman's work at the International Surrealist exhibition in Milan. Together with Dirkje Kuik and Henc van Maarseveen, Moesman founded the Utrecht Art Society 's Luis. http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.H._Moesman
"Do not paint to live but live to paint."