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... from Berlin, where she was born in 1922. Eleven years later, in 1933, when the climate in Germany deteriorated – her father was Jewish – the Bosnak family departed to Amsterdam. The only thing they had been able to take with them was the sewing machine. Here a period of severe poverty commenced. The first house where the Bosnak family ended up was completely empty. They lived on the bare floor.
Roos Bosnak, the eldest of the family, followed a course in fashion drawing and design at the Industrial School for Girls in Amsterdam. But she had more passion for the arts and continued her studies at the Hendrik de Keijzerschool, which later on became the Rietveld Art Academy. During the war Roos Bosnak visited an art gallery at the Heiligeweg in Amsterdam. She took a small painting with her that she had made at school; would they be so kind as to sell it for her.
Coincidentally there was another young artist present in that gallery who was also wanting to sell something. Roos and he started a conversation and Roos thought that she would like to have painting lessons form that artist. They arranged to meet in his studio. His name?: Jan Nagtegaal!
After the war Jan and Roos started off in a empty house...
Daughter of a Jewish Dutch father and a German mother. Moved to Amsterdam with her parents in 1933, where she studied at the Women's Youth Industries School (1936-39, fashion design) and at Hendrick de Keyzerschool (1939-43, model class). Took lessons from Jan Nagtegaal, whom she married in 1943. Moved to Zuidwolde with him in 1967 and settled in Bruntinge in 1970. She sometimes performed restoration assignments with her husband. Initially, she was influenced by his style, but she later worked much more expressionist. Her subjects include flower pieces, landscapes and portraits.
(Google translation; https://www.geheugenvandrenthe.nl/nagtegaal-bosnak-henriette-louise-rosmarie-roos) undefined