1921 - 2002 · Netherlands
A painter and printmaker who was noted for his participation in the group Verve in the 1950s, Dutch artist Herman Berserik enjoyed an extended career that involved commissions from an incredible array of clientele.
Born in 1921, Berserik trained at the Royal Academy in The Hague, where he had the good fortune to study with an incredible faculty. Following his graduation in 1944, Berserik entered into the role of educator himself by taking up a teaching post soon thereafter at the Free Academy of Fine Arts Workshop in The Hague. The 1950s and 1960s were prolific for Berserik, as this was the period during which he aligned himself with the Verve circle as well as the city’ “Pulchri Studio.”
Over the course of his career, Berserik would create hundreds of book illustrations and graphics for posters as well as smaller prints for clients as varies as the Dutch Royal Mail and KLM Airlines. He was celebrated during his lifetime for his amazing achievements as an artist with his receipt of accolades such as the Koninklijke Subsidie voor de Schilderkunst in 1948 and the Jacob Hartog oeuvreprijs in 2000.