Hendrik Chabot - 1894 - 1949


Hendrik Chabot was born in Sprang, near Rotterdam, in 1894. In 1906 his family moved to Rotterdam, where he was apprenticed to a painting firm. From 1908 to 1919 he attended evening classes at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Rotterdam, where he was taught by Antoon Derkzen van Angeren and Anthonie van Maasdijk. Chabot’s work was initially academic, but he gradually developed a personal idiom, mainly painting farmers and workers. From 1915 he also worked as a painting restorer.

Chabot became interested in German Expressionism. In 1922 he visited museums in several German cities and in Vienna. Around this time he joined the Rotterdam-based artists’ association De Branding and made his first sculptures. In 1933 he joined the Rotterdam-based group R33, which existed until 1940.

During the Second World War, Chabot’s studio was hit by a German bomb and many of his works were destroyed. The misery he suffered in the war was expressed in his sombre choice of subjects and his palette. After the war he again began to use brighter colours.

Chabot died in 1949. There were several memorial exhibitions of his work, which was highly prized. In 1955 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen bought a collection of works by Chabot. However, in the mid-1960s interest in his work dwindled. There was a renewal of interest in the 1980s, which led to the first balanced view of his entire oeuvre.

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