Kees Broos was an art historian with a wide span of interest, from modern and contemporary art to the history of photography and from animation ﬁlm to typography and graphics. As grandson of a printer and son of a writer and illustrator of children's books he could draw, print and write himself quite well. From 1967 to 1982 he was curator of the Hague Gemeentemuseum and from 1982 until his death in 2015 he was a free-lance researcher and writer on a wide range of topics. His most fundamental however were his writings on typography and graphic design. His catalogue on the dutch modernist typographer, graphic and industrial designer Piet Zwart in 1973 laid the foundation for all later publications and made Piet Zwart the patriarch of modern dutch typography.