PAULA SLUITER. Enchanting Etching Signed of a fantastical bird, 8vo, 1968. The Dutch artist left a career as a nurse and teacher to study painting and etching. Her work, associated with Art Brut, is recognized for fantastical images primarily of nature. Our etching in neutral tones shows a large peacock like bird in profile standing with a small bird, perhaps its baby, in flight in the upper right corner. Signed and dated on the lower right border, “Paula Sluiter ’68.” The full measurement including border is 5 ¾ x 7 ½ with image measuring 4 3/8 x 6 ¼ . Overall condition is very good with slight soiling on border and mounting remnants on verso.
A typed description, in Dutch, of her art by fellow Dutch artist Paul Citroen is included with the etching. Citroen was also art teacher and cofounder of the New Art Academy in Amsterdam. He writes: “ Public Reading Room exhibits the graphic work of a very peculiar painter, who is not yet well known in Wassenaar. Paula Sluiter is a real artist who depicts a peaceful world, a world of wonder plants, wonder birds, wonder animals, of children, gnomes, and wonder people. She only started this very own work after she retired as a nurse and crafts teacher towards her 60th year … I saw her first exhibition in the art circle in The Hague… and was immediately fascinated by the abundance of her fantasy and the authenticity, the genuineness the persuasiveness of her very spiritual, very sensitive work…her fantasy seems to be an inexhaustible… we end up in a fairy tale world and are happy and …and we accept from her without question….”.