Els Coppens-van de Rijt

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Johanna Elisabeth "Els" Coppens-van de Rijt (born August 18, 1943) is an artist and author from Vlierden, Netherlands.

Coppens-van de Rijt was born in Sint-Oedenrode, as one of twins to a Roman Catholic family with 11 children. She studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven with Kees Bol and Jan Gregoor and at the Art Academy of Maastricht.[1] Here she met her husband, sculptor Joep Coppens.

After her studies she made name as a painter, in particular of portraits.[2] She ceased painting, however, due to having the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Since, she has been writing among others on her Christian belief.

Books written[edit]

  • 1996 - The other reality
  • 1997 - I stayed at the edge of the river
  • 2002 - Frank letters of belief ISBN 90-806908-1-3
  • 2008 - Martien Coppens, from village boy to city man (with Joep Coppens)


  1. ^ Els Coppens-van de Rijt at Personalia Archived 2010-12-25 at the Wayback Machine. (in Dutch)
  2. ^ Brabander L: Geloven in Nederland. (Dutch for Believing in the Netherlands). Kampen: Kok, 2006, p. 39. ISBN 90-435-1303-2

Further reading[edit]

  • Leo Brabander: Ziekte en lijden voegen iets toe aan ons leven (Dutch: Disease and suffering add something to our lives), book chapter on Els Coppens van de Rijt in Geloven in Nederland. (Dutch: Believing in the Netherlands). Kampen: Kok, 2006, p. 38-43. ISBN 90-435-1303-2
  • Joep en Els Coppens. Neerpelt: De Dommelhof, 1971.