'Self-portrait' by Hubertine Heijermans, 1959
|Born||8 January 1936
Hubertine Heijermans was born in Amsterdam. on 8 January 1936. She was educated at the Barlaeus Gymnasium, took painting lessons from 1954-1957 with Jos Rovers, and then won a scholarship for the Rijksakademie and worked with professor Gé Röling (1904–1981) and Jan Wiegers. In 1958 she met Nils Tellander, born in Holland, but a volunteer in the British Army during the second world war. They got married in September of that year and settled in Switzerland near Lausanne, where in 1960 their son Anian was born. In 1968 Heijermans entered the American high school Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy, the European Section of Rosary College of Arts and Sciences in River Forest, Illinois USA. Villa Schifanoia stood in San Domenico di Fiesole, looking out over Florence. The school was run by Dominican Sisters and instead of having to remain in the convent, her etching teacher Swietlan Kraczyna found a studio for her in a palazzo overlooking Florence and the river Arno. In 1972 Heijermans won the Premio Brunellesco (a Florentine prize for painters, sculptors and other artists) with a series of seven oil paintings, honored by Piero Bargellini the Mayor of Florence. Then she returned to Villars in Switzerland, taking with her the 200 kilogram etching press from Bendini-Bologna. The couple Tellander divorced in 1973 and her husband remained in Lausanne. He died in 2001 in the South of France.
Heijermans painted apart from self-portraits a series of portraits of actresses or ‘Haute-Couture’ models of Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Yves Saint Laurent. Her brushes captured Isabelle Adjani playing in 'La Reine Margot', visible on the official website in section painting in Switzerland and Emmanuelle Béart, in the French movie 'Une Femme Française', Carla Bruni, topmodel in the 90s of Yves Saint-Laurent and several other fashion-houses, like Dior, where John Galliano was head-designer from 1996-2011, when a scandal and public outrage forced him to quit. Hubertine also found inspiration with the Swiss Circus Knie and in 2003, when the family Knie celebrated their 200 year existence, Heijermans offered her painting, Géraldine equestrian acrobate as a gift, which is now hanging in the main office of the Circus' Headquarters.
Painters from Italy and Spain
In 1970 Pietro Annigoni (Florence) Italy showed her the ancient techniques in oil painting including the use of flake white. His secret recipes including white toxic lead powder taught her to improve the adherence of the paint and reduce the process of it becoming dark and yellow with time. In the 90s Jesus Peñarreal equally showed the value of thin layers of glaze, which flake white allowed to paint. Peñarreal sent Heijermans to study this Spanish impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida in the Museu de Belles Arts de València where students can draw.
Exhibits in Florence (Italy) took place in 1969, 1970 and 1972 and in Switzerland from 1973–2008, after she settled in the Commune of Ollon. She exhibited in Aigle, Lausanne, Montreux, Fribourg, Sion, Porrentruy and in Aubonne near Lausanne. In 1994 Heijermans showed hundreds of oilpaintings, watercolors and etchings in Singapore. Other exhibits were held in The Netherlands, in the Scheveningen (1964), Delft (1970), Amsterdam (1982) and Leiden (1983). The Musée Jenisch in Vevey now keeps 80 etchings, lithos and héliogravures, since recent work was added in 2007. The museum for photography Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne conserves 43 photo-etchings since Charles-Henri Favrod personally made his choice of her héliogravures in 1993. In fact she mastered photogravure and color etching while staying in Studio Camnitzer in Valdottavo, Italy with Luis Camnitzer and David Finkbeiner, both from New York. The Dutch Museum van Bommel van Dam keeps 23 etchings and lithographies printed by herself since 1978 when they were accepted after a vote of the Municipality of the town of Venlo. Her graphic work can also be found at the Dominican University, Illinois. In July 2011 the Musée historique du Chablais of the Château de la Porte du Scex added 2 oil paintings to their collection of etchings, lithos, héliogravures and woodcuts of which they already conserved 80 artist proofs and handprinted originals. For the year 2012 from the 26th of April until the 28th of October the Musée historique du Chablais in Vouvry organized 2 exhibits showing the history of the region, where the artist lives and works. For that reason her etchings, watercolors and oil paintings, depicting sites of the region called 'Les Ormonts' or the plain where the Rhône river joins the Lake of Geneva, are on display and accompany a show of the history of health resorts and hotels, of which some used to be luxurious, while others allowed a few days off in a modest way of life.
- 1960 Bartholomeus en zijn dierenvrienden by Hubertine Heijermans, 's-Gravenhage ; Rotterdam: Nijgh & Van Ditmar (Dutch)
- 2009 ‘Parcours d’une artiste-peintre’ text by P.A.Genillard, ISBN 2-9700240-4-7 (French)
- 2010 ‘Monnaz Survol pittoresque d’un village dans la période 1961-1971, by Hubertine Heijermans, ISBN 978-2-8399-0683-8 (French)
- 2010 ‘Hubertine Heijermans Parcours d’une artiste peintre II’, by Hubertine Heijermans, ISBN 978-2-8399-0715-6 (French and English)
- Rochat, Céline (20 July 2010). "Peintre, elle relate sa vie dans un livre" (in French). 24 Heures. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- Jos Rovers
- Jean-Paul Gaultier
- Dominique Blanc et Isabelle Adjani La Reine Margot
- Une femme française
- Equestrian art of the circus
- Painting with Annigoni by Dawn Cookson ISBN 0-906290-37-6, ISBN 978-0-906290-37-8
- Biography of Hubertine Heijermans St. Triphon
- "Galerie du Clocher".
- Mention in The Straits Times, 10 August 1994.
- Musée historique du Chablais Vouvry Switzerland
- P.M.J.E. Jacobs (2000). Beeldend Benelux: biografisch handboek. Stichting Studiecentrum voor Beeldende Kunst. ISBN 90-805707-1-0.(in Dutch)
- "L'exposition Hubertine à Aigle. Partage entre le cœur et l'art" (in French). l'Est Vaudois. 22 December 1976.
- "Hubertine Tellander:un talent remarquable et modeste" (in French). 24 Heures de Lausanne. 1 November 1973.
- "La grande fête des sculpteurs suisess. Un plein mois dédié à une culture vivante" (in French). l'Est Vaudois. 24 August 1984.
- "Hubertine à la Galerie des Pas-Perdus. Quand l'oiseau émigre vers le sud" (in French). La Liberté. 26 June 1979.
- "Hubertine Tellander in galerie De Fiets. En opnieuw breekt de vogel uit..." (in Dutch). Delftsche Courant. 19 September 1970.
- "Hubertine Tellander-Heijermans artists de Saint-Triphon. Singapour lui ouvre ses galeries" (in French). La Presse Riviera Chablais. 4 March 1994.
- "H. Tellander: le pays sous le burin" (in French). La Presse Riviera Chablais. 11 October 1997.