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Nola Hatterman (1899-1984): The Bridge Between Surinamese and Dutch Art

Artworks by Nola Hatterman for sale at Bob Scholte Fine Art

The Dutch artist Nola Hatterman (1899-1984) has recently received significant attention from museums for her role in connecting the shared (post)colonial heritage of Suriname and the Netherlands, as well as her critical approach to Dutch history.

Legacy: The Baag Collection

In a storage unit of the Amsterdam artist Armand Baag (1941-2001), art historian Bart Krieger discovered a collection of drawings by Nola Hatterman. This find provides valuable insights into Hatterman's methods and her relationship with Suriname. These insights are compiled in the book Nola Hatterman, Geen kunst zonder kunnen (2021), which coincided with the exhibition De Surinaamse School at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Nola Hatterman te koop, museaal schilderij De Surinaamse bevolking in de schaduw van de Ne

For sale: Nola Hatterman (1899-1984), The people of Suriname in the shadow of the oppressor, ca. 1983, signed lower left, oil on canvas, 120 x 160 cm. Exhibition: 'Identity' (1984), ParamariboProvenance: Nola Hatterman Estate. Click here for more information. Price on request.

Historical Background of Nola Hatterman

Nola Hatterman was born in Amsterdam in 1899. After her theater studies, she took drawing and sculpture lessons and participated in exhibitions such as De Onafhankelijken. From 1925, Hatterman dedicated herself entirely to her art, and by 1929, she developed her style towards New Objectivity. Lou Drenthe and Arie Jansma introduced Hatterman to Anton de Kom and the activist Surinamese intellectual community. In the 1930s, her sympathy and compassion for the Afro-Surinamese movement grew, and she began to counter the imposed European (white) beauty ideal, colonialism, and the emerging fascism. Hatterman is known for her portraits of Afro-Surinamese people. Her work critiques Dutch politics and the history of slavery.

In 1953, Hatterman decided to move to Suriname and soon became the director of the School of Fine Arts in Paramaribo. In this role, she greatly influenced contemporary generations of Surinamese artists, including Armand Baag, Ruben Karsters, and Soeki Irodikromo. Hatterman remained active as a visual artist until her death in a car accident in 1984.

Exhibitions and Museum Collections

Her work is included in collections of various museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Tropenmuseum, the Surinam Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

" The portrait of Lou Drenthe, Op het terras, is on display until July 28, 2024, at the exhibition The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. "

Available Artworks at Bob Scholte Fine Art

Bob Scholte Fine Art now offers a portion of this collection for sale. These works are from the estate of Nola Hatterman and are partly featured in the book by Ellen de Vries. For more information, visit

Should you have an interest in any of these artworks, please contact us.

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