Bob Buys: painter-critic-teacher

Bob Buys, 1912-1970 was first and foremost a painter in Amsterdam, who fell in love with France. In an impressionistic style he painted many landscapes, first in Bretagne, later in Southern France, especially in and around Port Vendres, where he and his family had a small holiday home. Bob was a master in balancing colours in his watercolours. He also made portraits, mainly of family and friends, and city views.

Bob Buys followed the Rijksinstituut Tekenleraren Amsterdam education in drawing. He was member of various art societies in Amsterdam, such as the Hollandse Aquarellistenkring (Dutch Watercolorists Society), which was reaction to the abstract art.

Bob's work falls under the figuratives and colourists. For years he was teacher of drawing at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and later at the St Joost Academie in Breda. He was an art critic of the Dutch papers Het Vrije Volk and Hets Haarlem Dagblad.

Bob Buys also illustrated various books, such as Le Maison Tellier from 1946 by the French writer Guy de Maupassant.

Quit a number of his watercolours, oil paintings and drawings are still for sale, directly from his widow Jeanne Buys. Contact: Dick de Jong


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