Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Riek de Raat

Hendrika Geertruida (Riek) Milikowski-de Raat (1918) is a Dutch painter who was born in a working-class family in the Amsterdam Jordaan neighbourhood. She attended a training course in 1936 at the Institute for Applied Arts in Amsterdam and then at the New Art School, with Jan Havermans also in Amsterdam. This training, founded in 1933 by artist Paul Citroen, was strongly anti-fascist and inspired by the Bauhaus in Germany. In the Second World War she was active in the resistance.
De Raat was married in 1947 to sociologist Herman Milikowski, who died in 1989. Their son, born in 1947, is the photographer and graphic artist Efraim Milikowski. Her first marriage was with the resistance fighter Antoon Winterink, who was executed in Belgium by the Germans after he was arrested for illegal acts.
Herman Milikowski 
In 1953 she became a member of the Leiden painting and drawing society Ars Aemula Naturae and took classes at the Vrije Academie and at the Academy for Visual Arts in The Hague, where Paul Citroen was one of the most important teachers.
Since 2011 she lives in the Rosa Spier House in Laren. where many notable Dutch artists live out their final years.

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