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Willem den Ouden (Haarlem, March 18, 1928); Dutch painter, graphic artist, artist and (occasional) sculptor. His work is in private and museum collections. A few years ago the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam acquired a representative selection of his drawings, watercolors, etching and lithos from the fifties to 2008. A wide range of his graphic work is in Museum Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam and Museum Schloss Moyland in Bedburg-Hau (Germany)....
Willem den Ouden studied in the fifties at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam, where he later became a figurative teacher from the early 60s to the early 80s. In 1967 he settled with his wife, the painter Ferry Alink, in Varik, a village on the Waal. Verknocht as Den Ouden is at the Waal landscape and the floodplains, between 1986 and 1995, in art manifestations and media performances, he protested against the Rijkswaterstaat's dike protection plans, which he found too rigid; he felt the fortification of the Waaldijk could be done much more subtly. Initially, he received a lot of support, but after the high water levels of 1995, the mood turned against him and was threatened and even shot at. Since then, Den Ouden has not painted directly next to the river, but from a large balcony with a view of the Waal at the Veerhuis, the former house and studio of his friend, artist Pieter Kooistra. The river in the distance, the clouds and the sun became his main subject... Since 1999, every summer he has done drawings and paintings of the sky and the country, which he works into one or two major oil paintings in his studio in the winter
As of 2016, because of his physical condition, Den Ouden is no longer able to work on landscapes, and devotes himself to painting (self) portraits.
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