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Nola Hatterman (1899-1984)

Illustration to a poem by Waldemar Nods (Sunny Boy) in the magazine Soela (1962, number 3)

Ink and typex on paper

Dimensions: 24 x 13 cm

Provenance: Nola Hatterman Estate, Collection Armand Baag

Literature: Depicted in Ellen de Vries (ed.), Nola Hatterman, No art without can, Zwolle (Waanders Uitgeverij) page 54, 142.


Nola Hatterman was a Dutch actress, painter and designer who came into contact with progressive Surinamese in the Netherlands in the 1930s, such as Anton de Kom. In 1953 she settled in Suriname to teach the new generation of Surinamese artists. In Hatterman's work, the identity of Suriname and the Surinamese is central. She saw art as a weapon in the fight against discrimination and colonialism. After her death in 1984, former students founded the Nola Hatterman Institute, later renamed The Nola Hatterman Art Academy.


As an artist, Nola Hatterman embodies the shared (post)colonial heritage of Suriname and the Netherlands and forms the pivot between Surinamese and Dutch art history.


Her works were recently purchased by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and included in the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.


More information can be found at and in the book Nola Hatterman, geen kunst zonder kunnen, 2021 (edited by Ellend de Vries).


A part of Armand Baag's collection is on the website. Are you interested in other works by Nola Hatterman? Send a message via the contact form.

Nola Hatterman - Illustration for a poem in Soela

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