Hendrick Heyligers (Dutch, 1877–1967), "Story Time", Oil on Canvas, 21 x 25 in. Frame size 30 x 35 in.
In this charming painting, the artist captures the tender moment of a mother reading to her children in their humble but warm and loving Dutch home. The children are gathered around her and listen attentively to the story.
Hendrik Heyligers was born to Dutch Parents in Batavia, now part of Indonesia, in 1877.
He studied in Paris, Munich and The Hague. At the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he was a student in the studio of Fernand Cormon who taught the rigorous methods and techniques of the Old Masters. Under his tutelage, Heyligers became influenced by the intimate informality of the seventeenth century Dutch School of which he subsequently became a champion and latter-day exponent.
Heyligers specialized in humble interiors populated by families attending to the tasks of daily life in their kitchens, the heart of the Dutch home. He invests these simple scenes with a dramatic and spiritual simplicity.
For the last thirty years of his life, Heyligers taught painting at the School of Fine Arts in The Hague.