Charlotte Mutsaers

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Charlotte Mutsaers
Woman with short hair wearing a crab-shaped necklace
Charlotte Mutsaers in 2008
Born Charlotte Jacoba Maria Mutsaers
(1942-11-02) 2 November 1942 (age 75)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Occupation Painter, teacher, essayist, novelist
Language Dutch
Alma mater Gerrit Rietveld Academy
Notable awards Constantijn Huygens Prize (2000)
P. C. Hooft Award (2010)

Charlotte Jacoba Maria Mutsaers (Dutch pronunciation: [ʃɑrˈlɔtə jaːˈkoːbaː maːˈriaː ˈmɵtsaːrs]; born 2 November 1942) is a Dutch painter,[1] prose writer and essayist. She won the Constantijn Huygens Prize (2000) and the P. C. Hooft Award (2010) for her literary oeuvre.


Charlotte Jacoba Maria Mutsaers was born on 2 November 1942 in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She was the daughter of the art historian Barend Mutsaers who worked at Utrecht University.[2] She attended a gymnasium and studied Dutch in Amsterdam.

Subsequently, she became a teacher at an institute of higher vocational education. In the evenings she studied painting and printmaking at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. After her graduation she became a teacher at that institution. She remained an art teacher for over ten years.

As an artist she makes paintings, she has designed stamps, illustrated cultural magazines (Vrij Nederland) and designed book covers.

She had expositions of her paintings at Galerie Clement (Amsterdam), in the Frans Hals Museum (Haarlem), the Museum of Modern Art (Arnhem), de Nieuwe Kerk (Amsterdam) and the Museum de Beyerd (Breda).

She started writing when she was about 40 years old. On 2 April 2010 Dutch television broadcast a documentary De wereld van Charlotte Mutsaers (The World of Charlotte Mutsaers), directed by Suzanne Raes. In May 2010 Charlotte Mutsaers received the P.C. Hooft Award.

Mutsaers has been married to the Dutch specialist Jan Fontijn. They have no children. They live alternately in Amsterdam, Oostende and France.

As a candidate politician she was on the list of the Party for Animals at the occasion of the Dutch elections for the House of Representatives in 2006.



  • (1983) Het circus van de geest (emblems)
  • (1985) Hazepeper gevolgd door Napoleon, Sunt pueri pueri... en Varia (essays)
  • (1986) Mijnheer Donselaer zoekt een vrouw (picture story)
  • (1988) De markiezin (novel)
  • (1988) Hanegeschrei (picture story)
  • (1990) Kersebloed (essays)
  • (1994) Rachels rokje (novel)
  • (1996) Paardejam (essays)
  • (1999) Zeepijn (short stories)
  • (2002) Bont. Uit de zoo van Charlotte Mutsaers (animal stories; illustrated)
  • (2003) Cheese! (book & cd)
  • (2008) Koetsier Herfst (novel)
  • (2010) Pedante pendules en andere wekkers (essays)
  • (2012) Dooier op drift (Yoke Afloat) (poetry)
  • (2012) Sodom revisited (poetry)

Secondary literature[edit]

  • 2000 – J. Bernlef, T. Hermans et al. Fik & snik. Over Charlotte Mutsaers, schilderes en schrijfster
  • 2010 – Daan Cartens (ed.) Charlotte Mutsaers. Paraat met Pen en penseel


  1. ^ See: RKD record Charlotte Mutsaers. (RKD = Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie). The RKD record says that Mutsaers received the PC Hooft Award 2009. This is a (minor) mistake. Mutsaers won the PC Hooft award 2010, as announced in 2009.
  2. ^ See: Website Charlotte Mutsaers (Biography)
  3. ^ (in Dutch) J. Greshoff-prijs 1992, Letterkundig Museum. Retrieved on 12 March 2015.
  4. ^ (in Dutch) "Prijzen voor 'Zeepijn' van Mutsaers en 'Times Square Dance' van Rijnvos", Trouw, 2000. Retrieved on 12 March 2015.
  5. ^ (in Dutch) Arjan Peters, "Dubbeltalent", de Volkskrant, 2000. Retrieved on 12 March 2015.
  6. ^ (in Dutch) "Huygensprijs voor Charlotte Mutsaers", Trouw, 2000. Retrieved on 12 March 2015.
  7. ^ (in Dutch) P.C. Hooft-prijs 2010, P. C. Hooft Award. Retrieved on 12 March 2015.

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