Hugo Landheer was born at Schiedam, near
Rotterdam, 9th December 1896. "Black" Schiedam it was called, the
"town of the gin", formerly surrounded by 20 windmills (the highest
of Europe) grinding corn for distilling the spirits. In his eleventh
year he began drawing and painting and from 1908 to 1916, when he was
19 years old, he was a student of William Hardenberg in
After graduating H.B.S. Schiedam in 1919 he moved
to The Hague where he studied and worked for 3 years at the State
Academy of Art Image in Harpenden. He then became a teacher by day,
while painting in the evening and sometimes even during the night.
In 1935 he moved from The Hague to a small
village, called Epe, in the eastern part of The Netherlands, in order
to be able to work quietly. He worked there for 28 years, and in
1963 he moved to Randstad. In 1988, being 92 years old and after the
death of his beloved wife Ottie van der Vies, for physical reasons he
moved to a senior citizens center in Bentveld.
In his Bentveld period, Hugo Landheer painted
dozens of small works. He ended his painting career there April/May
1992, but kept on teaching until early 1995 his last studentfinally
Hugo Landheer died on 25 september 1995 in
Bentveld (Municipality Zandvoort).