Gerard de Wit's work has been described as 'innovatively traditional'. At a time when abstraction reigned supreme, he stuck to figuration and painted figures, landscapes and still lifes in a powerful, broad brushstroke. He was also a sought-after portrait painter with a great affinity for the Dutch painting tradition. Gerard de Wit knew at a young age that he wanted to be a painter. He studied at the academy in The Hague and then lived and worked in Oegstgeest for almost all of his life.