Monday, May 17, 2021

Dieter Gantz

Dieter Gantz (1932 -2018) was a German painter, graphic artist, and professor.

Gantz studied painting until 1957 at the Berlin University of Fine and Applied Arts, where his teachers included Kurt Robbel, Bert Heller, Arno Mohr and Toni Mau. This was followed by studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with Rudolf Bednarczik until 1961.

After a freelance phase, he was appointed as a university professor at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art in 1980. In 1988 he was appointed professor, and from 1991 he held a full professorship at this art college.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

The Omnipresence of Berets in 1956

This 1956 photo of the audience during a folkloric evening in the Open Air Theater De Goffert in Nijmegen, shows how prominent the presence of berets was in those days in the Netherlands.

Journalist Wim Broos is shown 2nd row left.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Nölleke Hendriks

Dutch farmer, inventor, handyman Nölleke Hendriks featured in the local historical magazine Rond de Grenssteen in 2001.

The tractor was Nölleke's favorite child. It was not about plowing, harrowing and cultivating the land, but a means to experiment with his own inventions.

Never was Nölleke without a cigarette and his beret. He built his first workshop on his property, with a shaft that ran right through the shack, powered outside by an old army motorbike.

The war was an interesting time for a child like Nölleke. One time he found a revolver which he used to shoot chestnuts from the tree, before trading it for a (much more useful) dynamo.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Lionel Tuaz

Lionel Tuaz is a professional musician from Savoy.

Always in the good company of his Tarte Alpin, he plays accordeon on the ski fields, in the auberges and while taking people out for walks in the mountains. 

Faithful followers of The Beret Project will recognize him as the man behind gnôle and raclette, a few days ago...

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Arthur Tausch

Arthur Tausch was a German painter and sculptor (1898–1987).

Tausch was a member of the ‘German School’. This is a mixed media piece of a cigarette smoking lady on paper.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Hermanus Spelbos

"Vive la imagination"

Painter Hermanus Spelbos (1955 - 2017) was co-founder of Poetic Realism. His paintings bear witness to a small world, where a silent longing for a bygone time can be felt. In doing so, the painter seeks the child in the human being, as if in this way he wishes to provide the comforting feeling of paradise.

"Painter to be"

This personal view of things gives inspiration to the work and there is also a fragile, naïve, still poetry to be discovered. The viewer looks along with some melancholic recognition to a past of dreams, illusions and fantasies.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Billy Joe - The Gascon Redneck

Not your average boineros, but somehow, I quite enjoyed watching this music video - it makes for a refreshing difference with all the traditional Basque and Béarnais folk music.

The song is named appropriately 'Béret Basque' and, interesting detail, all berets shown carry the stylized L logo of Laulhère on the side.

I failed to find much information on "rappeur" Billy Joe, apart from that he also goes by the title of The Gascon Redneck.

Ecology, tradition and sustainability feature high in his lyrics and vivid observers of the video will recognize a lot of Basque and Pyrenean symbolism.

Thank you, Frans

Monday, May 10, 2021

Concrete Beret

Dutch company ‘Goed Gevonden’ have concrete ornaments, Madonnas and decorations poured into concrete.

This is a 15 kg wall decoration of a lady with a beret.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Walter Jacques (Jac) Maris

Walter Jacques (Jac) Maris received his sculpture training from 1914 with the sculptor Achilles Moortgat in Cleves (Germany), where the Maris family then lived. 

In 1917 the family moved to Nijmegen (Netherlands) and Jac. attended the art academy in Düsseldorf. He also visited Belgium and England. 

Maris created works in wood, ceramics and natural stone. He made countless religious works thanks to his many contacts in the Catholic environment. After the war, as a former resistance fighter, he was commissioned for various war memorials in Oosterbeek, Nijmegen, Heumen, Tiel and Gennep. 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Anne Woudwijk

Anne Woudwijk (1952) is a Dutch sculptor.

Much of Woudwijk's work is closely linked to the province of Friesland. For example, his statue of 'Grote Pier' stands in the center of Kimswerd. 

In 1993 a statue of a whale was placed on the pier of Holwerd. After a ferry collided with it in dense fog , the 50-tonne statue was badly damaged. The statue has since been restored and relocated on the pier of Holwerd near the landing stage for the boat to Ameland. 

His daughter Roelie Woudwijk (Drachten 1979) is also a visual artist.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Beret in Wood

Sculpture of a smoking boy with a beret - Wood - Mid 20th century. Italy.


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Jos van Ham

Many years ago, Jos van Ham started sculpting as an autodidact and has worked under the guidance of professional sculptors. Now he spends many hours on his passion, in different types of stone abstract as figurative.

The stone and Jos together determine the shape of the statue. He prefers hard stone, which gives him the space and time to translate his feelings and emotion into the stone. A stone can amaze him, confront him and lead to a beautiful result. During his work he loses time and space and is one with the stone. Each stone is again a great challenge.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Jan Willem Havermans

Jan Willem Havermans (1892 –1964) was a Dutch sculptor, graphic artist, painter, and draftsman.

Havermans was a pupil of Jan Harm Weijns and was a member of the artists' association De Brug and the Dutch Circle of Sculptors (NKVB). Havermans, Paul Citroen and Charles Roelofsz founded the Nieuwe Kunstschool in 1933, a free school and the first private academy in the Netherlands. The innovative school existed from 1933 to 1941. Paul Guermonprez (photography), Jan Havermans (sculpture and drawing), Hajo Rose (graphic design) and Paul Citroen (free drawing and painting) taught there.

Sunday, May 2, 2021


Anento is a municipality located in the Campo de Daroca comarca, province of Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain.

According to the 2004 census, the municipality has a population of 198 inhabitants.

Carlos Ferreruela-Agudo 1876-1941

The small town is seen as one of the most beautiful in Spain.

Anento Juan-Ferreruela-Traid-y-Pilar-Ferreruela-Orce

On the municipality's website, I found some interesting beret related material.

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