Kroes, Arnoldus Aloysius ('Nol'); Den Haag 1918 - 1976 Den Haag
Titel: Zonder titel, olie op doek
82 x 99 cm., gesigneerd en gedateerd r.o. 'N.Kroes '63
Herkomst: Collectie Cleveringa (restant van etiket op spieraam), particuliere collectie
Known primarily for his erotic imagery, the work of Nol Kroes garnered much attention in 1968 when several of his works on display at a local gallery in The Netherlands were confiscated by police, having been labelled 'pornographic' and 'over-stimulating.' His work is bold, full of life, and incredibly diverse, demanding attention from the viewer no matter the medium or subject matter.
Kroes attended the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and later studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was one of the founders of the Verve artist group, a collective that sought quality, where he worked alongside Jan van Heel. In 1960 he joined the Fugare movement, together with Willem Hussem and Jaap Nanninga. Although the group focused on abstraction, Kroes began painting more figurative work soon after joining the group.
Kroes was active as a painter, draftsman, pastelist and lithographer and was a professor of the Free Academy for 20 years. In 1953 he received the Jacob Marisp Prize for painting for his work 'Man and Woman', and in 1967 he received the Jacob Marisp Prize for drawing. His work is included in many public and private collections across The Netherlands, including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.