Hubertus ‘Ber’ Mengels (1921-1995), Dutch

Born on 06.05.1921 in Heerlen, died on 19.06.1995 in The Hague. He was a self-thought painter. He worked as a coal miner working in the coal mines in Heerlen until the Second World War. He attended some drawing lessons at the art school in Heerlen. In 1943 he went hiding in order to avoid the force labor by the Nazis, by representing himself as a painter. After the war he organizes his first exhibition in Sittard in 1947. He moved in 1950 to the Hague where he followed an art education at the academy. Three years later he started to work as an art teacher. In the 1950s, Mengels is one of the main initiators of an important Dutch art group called “The New Hague School” mainly consisted of young painters influenced by the Paris modernists. In the 1960s he gets influenced by the Cubism and he starts experimenting with figurative and object art, sculptures and innovations in art techniques. He received numerous art prizes in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ber Mengels visited Macedonia in 1961 as a part of his Yugoslavian trip. This was the period where he slowly moved toward Cubism and figurative art. One example of his work is the oil painting entitled “Macedonian Girl” from 1961, which is in the collection of the author of this book

Ber Mengels-1921-1995 Macedonian Girl 1961- oil on canvas

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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