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Herman Berserikartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanDen Haag 1921-2002

biography of Hermanus 'Herman' Berserik

Herman Berserik is a member of the Hague Realists. He trained at the city’s Academy of Art from 1939-1944, under Rein Drayer, among others. He then travelled to Paris and was particularly struck by the French Cubists and the École de Paris, which afterwards inspired him in the way he combined realism and Cubism in his still lifes. This led to him joining the painters’ groups Vrij Beelden (Free Images) and, later in 1951, Verve in The Hague, to which Jan van Heel and Theo Bitter also belonged. In the late fifties the definitive Berserik style emerged – weird and humorous depictions of everyday reality. As well as still lifes, he is known for his landscapes, interiors, figures and city scenes. He also designed costumes and stage sets for the theatre and book covers for Salamander paperbacks.


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Herman Berserik


Herman Berserik | A still life with fish, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 40.2 cm, signed l.l. and dated '48

Herman Berserik

painting • previously for sale

A still life with fish, 1948

Herman Berserik | A sunny day on a terrace in Scheveningen, oil on canvas, 50.0 x 60.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '54

Herman Berserik

painting • previously for sale

A sunny day on a terrace in Scheveningen, 1954

Herman Berserik | A view from the artist's studio; lovers in the woods, tempera on canvas, 100.0 x 110.0 cm, signed l.l. and painted between 1964-1965

Herman Berserik

painting • previously for sale

A view from the artist's studio; lovers in the woods, 1964-1965

Herman Berserik | Bommerich, Christmas '65, pen and ink on paper, 15.8 x 23.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1965

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Bommerich, Christmas '65, 1965

Herman Berserik | Frieda, gouache on paper, 31.5 x 22.0 cm, signed m.l. and dated 1967

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Frieda, 1967

Herman Berserik | Jaagpad, Delft, pen and ink on paper, 15.8 x 23.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 15 aug 66

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Jaagpad, Delft, 1966

Herman Berserik | Man and woman, pen and ink on paper, 15.8 x 23.7 cm, dated 16 aug 66

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Man and woman, 1966

Herman Berserik | Nightly occurence, acrylic on canvas, 50.1 x 60.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '95

Herman Berserik

painting • previously for sale

Nightly occurence, 1995

Herman Berserik | People jogging on De Velhorst, Lochem, acrylic on canvas on panel, 31.0 x 35.6 cm, signed l.c. and painted 1985

Herman Berserik

painting • previously for sale

People jogging on De Velhorst, Lochem, 1985

Herman Berserik | Still life with artificial fruit, acrylic on canvas, 44.1 x 31.2 cm, signed u.c. and dated 1975

Herman Berserik

painting • previously for sale

Still life with artificial fruit, 1975

Herman Berserik | Still life with harlequin, gouache on board, 30.8 x 18.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated '43

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Still life with harlequin, 1943

Herman Berserik | Stroller in a street, oil on canvas, 40.2 x 50.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 49-50

Herman Berserik

painting • previously for sale

Stroller in a street, 1949-1950

Herman Berserik | Teun, pencil, pen in brown ink on paper, 23.7 x 15.8 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1965

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale

Teun, 1965

Herman Berserik | View in studio, acrylic on canvas, 65.2 x 107.0 cm, signed u.r. and dated 1984

Herman Berserik

painting • previously for sale

View in studio, 1984


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Herman Berserik


Herman Berserik | Alongside the Jaagpad, Delft, pen and ink on paper, 15.8 x 23.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 15 aug '66

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Alongside the Jaagpad, Delft, 1966

Herman Berserik | At the bar; on the reverse: Bikers at the bar, pen and ink on paper, 15.8 x 23.7 cm, signed u.r. and both dated 1966

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

At the bar; on the reverse: Bikers at the bar, 1966

Herman Berserik | Churchgoers, gouache on paper, 26.0 x 16.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated '82

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Churchgoers, 1982

Herman Berserik | Comedia dell'Arte, acrylic on board, 19.0 x 23.5 cm, signed u.r. and dated '92

Herman Berserik

painting • for sale

Comedia dell'Arte, 1992

Herman Berserik | Doll in a box, oil on panel, 20.5 x 9.0 cm, signed l.c. on the frame and dated 1971

Herman Berserik

painting • for sale

Doll in a box, 1971

Herman Berserik | Old people watching tv; on the reverse: naked beat, pen and ink on paper, 15.8 x 23.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1966

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Old people watching tv; on the reverse: naked beat, 1966

Herman Berserik | Sketches of a town, pen and ink and watercolour on paper, 15.8 x 23.7 cm, signed l.r. and dated '66-'67

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Sketches of a town, 1966-1967

Herman Berserik | Sundial and watches, pen and ink on paper, 23.7 x 15.8 cm, signed u.r. and dated 16 aug 66

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Sundial and watches, 1966

Herman Berserik | The mountain trail, acrylic on panel, 18.0 x 24.8 cm, signed u.l. and dated 1989

Herman Berserik

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The mountain trail, 1989

Herman Berserik | Toys, oil on board, 32.7 x 50.0 cm, signed l.c. and dated nov. 1964

Herman Berserik

painting • for sale

Toys, 1964

Herman Berserik | Watches under the South Pole, pen and ink on paper, 23.7 x 15.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated 16 aug 1966

Herman Berserik

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Watches under the South Pole, 1966

Herman Berserik | White clown, pencil, pen and acrylic on panel, 19.6 x 22.4 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1994

Herman Berserik

painting • for sale

White clown, 1994


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