Anton Pieck

Netherlands / 1895 - 1987 / / wikipedia
"Anton Franciscus Pieck (Den Helder, Netherlands, 19 April 1895 – Overveen, Netherlands, 24 November 1987), a Dutch painter, artist and graphic artist. His works are noted for their nostalgic or fairy tale-like character and are widely popular, appearing regularly on cards and calendars.

Anton Franciscus Pieck on 19 April 1895 in Den Helder in the Netherlands. He was the son of Henri Christiaan Pieck and Petronella Neijfs, and twin brother of the painter and illustrator Henri Christiaan Pieck.

Pieck married Jo van Poelvoorde (died 1983) in 1922. The couple had 3 children, Elsa, Anneke and Max (died 1986).

From 1952 to 1974, Pieck was responsible for designing almost everything for fairy tale park Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, now one of the major theme parks in Europe. His work for the Efteling has been of huge importance for the future of the park, since almost all later designers used his graphic characteristics in their designs (such as materials, colors and shapes).

In 1984 the Anton Pieck Museum was opened at the Achterstraat in Hattem. The museum is called "Huis voor Anton Pieck" ("Anton Pieck House").

In a 2004 poll regarding De Grootste Nederlander (The Greatest Dutchman), the general public placed Pieck in 81st place." Wikipedia

"In 1895 Anton Pieck was born in a small village in the Netherlands. Most of his life he was a professor, teaching children how to draw. In 1987, he died at the age of 92. His paintings are very well known in Holland. He is, after all, one of the founders and designers of the fairy theme park DE EFTELING, a Dutch kind of Disneyland. When I worked on the comic strip series ALFRED J.KWAK I was introduced to Pieck’s work through one of our Dutch partners. First I thought I was looking at Gustaf Tenggren art. But after looking closer I found out that Pieck has his very personal style, portraying the very typical, charming Dutch way of life."
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