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About Herman Brood

The Dutch artist Herman Brood (1946-2001) was born on November 5, 1946 at 34 Fuchiastraat in Zwolle.

He started drawing at a young age, but when he noticed that as a musician you were highly regarded by the girls, he learned to play the piano.

On the instruction of Hans la Faille (famous percussionist in collaboration with Herman Deinum with, among others, Sweet d'Buster and Cuby and the Blizzards), his first friend.

Herman also made his first LP together with Hans la Faille on which he also sang (The Flash and Dance band).

At the age of 18 he left for the art academy in Arnhem. After three months he was fed up and started playing in a band. Here his musical career began.

In the eighties he ran into his childhood friend Ivo de Lange. Ivo had an art business and the gentlemen decided to join forces.

In Ivo's company IQ he had his own studio where more than 1,200 paintings were made and more than 70 different silkscreens were signed and published by Ivo.

Brood was a true artist in his music, his poems and especially in his paintings and screen prints.

His work expresses an enormous passion, which, thanks to his perfect command of technology, he was able to translate into shape and color in a brilliant way.

The great interest in his work was a tremendous stimulus for Herman Brood.

Just like during the performances with his band, the interaction with the audience is both an encouragement and a source of inspiration.

Brood worked diligently, throwing himself over and over again with brushes, paint and aerosols in a hallucinatory adventure from which he emerged unchanged as the winner.

He has translated the countless impressions and experiences that he has collected in his turbulent life into art with a major K.

Art for which the interest only increased because authenticity can be easily recognized.

Herman Brood always opted for a tangible image, where the slogans remind you of a cartoon.

Most of his paintings and screen prints show what Herman Brood was all about: music, relationships, relaxation and love!

Brood and Zwolle 

Although Brood lived in Amsterdam for much of his life, he was a native of Zwolle in heart and soul.

He was not always proud of this, but Zwolle was regularly central to his work.

For the last 15 years of his life, Herman was a guest every 3 weeks in Zwolle at IQ Kunstuitleen of friend Ivo de Lange, who also looked after a large part of his art business; more than 1200 paintings were made by him in the Marslanden in Zwolle at the time.

He also signed more than 70 series of silkscreens here.

Many of his visits were videotaped (more than 60 hours of material).

From this video material, a film was made by Gwen Jansen in 2015, called “Art Begin Drrr Niet An”.

This film premiered on October 10, 2015 in Zwolle and then did it all over again in Tuschinski Amsterdam.

This film was in theaters for four and a half months, after which it was released on DVD.

It also shows how a top artist like Rob Scholte speaks positively about him and highly appreciates his art.

Charles Thompson, Black Francis of The Pixies, is also inspired by Herman Brood, as evidenced by his interviews and the CD “Bluefinger” that he released inspired by Brood.

In addition to film material and art, Ivo has kept many of Brood's personal items.

These, together with material from the Brood family, are exhibited in the Herman Brood Museum.