Dutch illustrator Rien Poortvliet (1932 – 1995) considered himself a storyteller; his drawings told the tale, supplemented by no more than a short caption, at the most. Poortvliet’s entire oeuvre is impressive, to say the least; from farm life and hunting, to the workings of the gnome. He captured it all through his realistic drawings and paintings, expressing his love for nature.

His talent for drawing manifested itself early on and he quickly established himself as an independent illustrator. He has become known to the general public through his picture books; all of which have been well-received and translated into many languages,  acquiring him both national and international fame.

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