P.A.H. (Peter) Brouwer

Dutch artist Peter Brouwer was born on August 1, 1935 in Utrecht. He passed away on September 4, 2010 in Sneek (province of Friesland). His full name was Petrus Antonius Hermanus Brouwer.

Background Peter Brouwer

Peter experienced a lot during the war as a child. His father had to work in Germany and his mother was ill. At that time Peter had to leave his home and eventually lived with his uncle Piet in Amsterdam. Piet taught him the basic principles of painting, because he was a teacher at the State Academy of Fine Arts.

From the age of fourteen Peter Brouwer worked at an art shop in Utrecht. There he met the Dutch artist John Bévort (1917-1996). John taught him the profession of art painter. Peter also followed a course with artist Cor van Diggelen (1921-1989). Later he attended evening classes at Academy ‘Artibus’ in Utrecht, where he was taught by Henk Bellaard (1896-1975). Nowadays this academy is named the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.

After Peter Brouwer returned to Amsterdam, he received a special training from his uncle Piet. With this training he had access to the State Academy of Fine Arts. However, his military service prevented this next step.

Moving to Schoorl

After his military service he lived in Utrecht with the family of John Bévort. Then together they bought land in the village Schoorl in 1960, to build a house and studio on it.

New painting technique

From Schoorl, Peter Brouwer and his wife Tineke moved to a flat in the village of Bergen. Here Peter started experimenting with the burning of the paint. As a result, his impressionist paintings gained more depth optically. In addition, the paintings seem to be enamelled, because of the intertwined colours. A result that can’t only be achieved with paint.

A new start in Sneek

When John Bévort died in 1996 he could hardly handle this loss. That is why Peter Brouwer decided to move to Sneek together with his wife in 1997. In 2010 he died in Sneek as a master of the palette knife.

Peter has painted the following subjects: flower still lives, church interiors, cityscapes, harbour views, dune landscapes, seascapes, forest landscapes and lake views.

Peter Brouwer was a member of ‘the International Organization of Free Art’. The IOAF was an organization for important Dutch artists in the 20th century.