About the artist

Theodorus (Theo) Bitter (The Hague, 16 December 1916 - The Hague, 13 February 1994) was a Dutch graphic artist, painter and draughtsman who belongs to the New Hague School. Besides drawing and painting he was engaged in monumental art, textile design and book illustration.

Bitter studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, where Henk Meijer (1884-1970) and Arnold Smith were his teachers. Later from 1946-1960 he taught at the same academy himself. He worked in The Hague, Oslo, Lecce and later again in The Hague, where he lived in the Artiestenhofje on the Trompstraat.

He painted, drew and watercoloured family portraits in a naive style; fishermen at sea in an abstract-expressionist style; landscapes in an abstract style and figures in a neo-abstract style. Bitter was co-founder of Verve and Fugare and a member of the Pulchri Studio and The Hague Watercolourists. He worked together with Dirk Bus.

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