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‘In the understanding of a particular output of art as an element of a national culture, the graphic arts sometimes carry even more weight than painting’. Johan Huizinga, Nederland’s beschaving in de zeventiende eeuw

The Hercules Segers Foundation, founded in 2001 and named after one of the greatest Dutch printmakers of the seventeenth century, promotes interest in the graphic arts by various means, among them publications and exhibitions.

One of the foundation’s first activities was the publication of a monograph on the Dutch etcher Charles Donker in 2002. This was followed by a publication about the French printmaker Erik Desmazières, a bibliophile edition with prints by the Swiss artist Gérard de Palézieux, and an oeuvre catalogue of the work of the Austrian artist Jakob Demus for which the foundation received ‘The Golden Letter’, one of the most prestigious awards for book design, from the city of Leipzig. The Hercules Segers Foundation’s most recent publication is Peter Vos - Metamorfosen. The Foundation has previously published a study of 'De Luis', the Utrecht-based artists' society, a monograph on the printmaker Frans Pannekoek and a monograph on the work of Wendelien Schönfeld.

The foundation encourages awareness of the fact that contemporary graphic art—etchings, lithographs, woodcuts and other techniques—is in general reasonably affordable, certainly by comparison with paintings. Hercules Segers does not seem to have asked a lot for his prints, either, but the success he envisaged was relative and had an unexpected side. According to the seventeenth-century artists’ biographer Samuel van Hoogstraten, Segers’s works on paper were used to wrap butter and soap. Segers’s contemporary, the poet Bredero, summed it up: things change. Nowadays etchings by Segers, if they ever come on to the market, fetch enormous prices.

Etchings by Simon Koene. Summer 2015, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague organises an exhibition of the graphic work of Simon Koene (1946). In conjunction with the exhibition, The Hercules Segers Foundation will publish a book on Koene's etchings by Eddy de Jongh and Bob van den Boogert. Koene is working and living in The Hague, where he has taught at the Royal Academy of Art for a long time.

His graphic oeuvre lists almost 300 etchings, made during a period of thirty years. He initiated several important collaboration projects of graphic artists from The Hague, like Shells (Schelpen, 1972) and Weeds (Onkruid, 1976). In 1984, he was one of the founders of the The Hague Etching Club. In the book, the authors will focus on Koene's virtuoso technique and the iconographic aspects of his prints.

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In the Netherlands the Hercules Segers Foundation is officially regarded as a Public Interest Institution (ANBI) under the terms of article 6:33 of the Income Tax Act. Donations to the Foundation benefit from a special tax arrangement whereby in principle no inheritance or capital transfer taxes have to be paid. In principle a gift to the fund is deductible from income tax (see also

The members of the honorary board of the foundation are Nollie van Berge (chair), Eddy de Jongh (vice-chair), Peter Schatborn (secretary), Erik Minderhoud (treasurer), Bob van den Boogert and Adri de Vries.

Hercules Segers Stichting
Vijzelstraat 28-4
1017 HK Amsterdam
KvK Amsterdam 34155822
RSIN 810093777