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The art of Karel de Nerée tot Babberich, 1880–1909


Judith (no date).

Another Decadent type who died young, de Nerée was a Dutch artist and illustrator whose work in these pictures owes a great deal to Aubrey Beardsley. As Beardsley-influenced pieces go they’re rather crude, although it’s unfair to be too judgemental since there’s so little of his work available to see online. Following yesterday’s post, it’s inevitable that he produced a Salomé picture of his own but there’s no sign of that, the curiously space-age (or alien) Judith above is the closest you’ll get.


Introduction to Extaze (1900-01).

On the strength of these drawings I’d probably have de Nerée down as a post-Beardsley pasticheur similar to Alastair (aka Hans Henning Voight) but there’s another side to his output evident in his painted works which show a far more assured Symbolist style, with a figurative approach closer to another Dutch artist of the period, Jan Toorop. It’s a shame the photos there are little more than snapshots, I’d like to see more of these. The Wikipedia article has a couple more drawings, and there’s another Beardsley-esque piece here.


La musique (1904).

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The illustrator’s archive

Previously on { feuilleton }
More decorated books from the Netherlands



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4 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau


    Wow. I’ve not seen this artist’s work before, and it’s incredibly fabulous. Great post!

  2. #2 posted by John


    A shame there isn’t more of it.

  3. #3 posted by Sander


    Dear sir,

    You can email me for some more pictures and info about Carel de Nerée tot Babberich. I’ve been doing serious research on him for the last few years. See (in dutch unfortunately)


    Sander – The Netherlands






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