Armand Bouten - Armand Bouten - 'De Wallen', red light district

Armand Bouten - Armand Bouten - 'De Wallen', red light district
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Armand Bouten was born on 30 May 1893 in Blerick, Venlo.
Together with his wife Hanny Korevaar, he travels most of his adult life through eastern and western Europe and he stays among others in Berlin, Paris, and the south of France. 

In 1957 it is time for a more quiet life in Amsterdam, where he died on 20 November 1965. Major themes in his work are Gypsies, fairgrounds, cafés, and brothels. 

Comparable and perhaps even more confronting, then works of for instance the artist collective ‘Die Brücke’ of Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and Erich Hecke and other German expressionists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, August Macke and Alexej von Jawlensky of the movement ‘Der Blaue Reiter’, and Paul Klee and George Grosz.

EXHIBITION: Armand Bouten (1893-1965). "Kunst maakt zichzelf", a deep-seated expressionism, Groningen Museum, November 2008 - March 2009

During their travelling years Armand Bouten and Hanny Korevaar had a hard time making ends meet. When they eventually settled in Amsterdam in 1953, they were in complete financial dire straits. In his late period of creation Armand Bouten continued his art from the days before the war, however, still without success. 
The importance of Bouten's art has only been recognized as of the 1980s. In 2008/09 the Museum Groningen showed a retrospective that was accompanied by an exhibition of his works on paper from the local Anderwereld Galerie. Armand Bouten did not live to witness this triumph - he died in Amsterdam in 1965.

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