Marike Bok

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Marike Bok
Marike Bok painting.jpg
Born Martina Diederika Bok
(1943-01-17)January 17, 1943
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died June 12, 2017(2017-06-12) (aged 74)
Den Haag
Nationality Dutch
Education Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
Known for Painting, printmaking, drawing
Notable work The Gentlemen's club, Beatrix of the Netherlands, President of the Supreme Court, Conductor of The Royal Theater The Hague
Movement Modern Baroque
Spouse(s) Rinus van den Bosch

Marike Bok (17 January 1943 – 12 June 2017) was a Dutch portrait painter.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Bok studied at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague. She's often compared[2] with other Dutch painters from the 17th century. Marike Bok painted the Dutch Queen Beatrix twice.[3][4] In 1995 she painted the Gentleman's Club[5] (De heren club). This painting is a group portrait of some well-known Dutch artists and politicians like Marcel van Dam, Harry Mulisch, Hans van Mierlo, Reinbert de Leeuw, Martin Veltman, Gerrit Komrij, Adriaan van Dis and André Spoor. In 2011 she painted former prime minister of the Netherlands Ruud Lubbers.[6] Marike Bok was often compared with classic Dutch painters like Frans Hals[7] because of her technique and also because she was the only modern portrait painter who never worked from photographs and exactly painted like the old Dutch masters.


Portraits by Marike Bok

List of famous people portrayed[edit]


In 2016 Marike Bok suffered from a stroke[8] that made painting in the last year before she deceased very difficult. In September 2017 the book Marike Bok[9] was published. A biography of her life and work. the author is Diederiekje Bok.


  • 1995 Museum Mesdag, The Hague (The Netherlands) Portrait Queen Beatrix (Exhibition)[10]
  • 1996 Historical Museum, Amsterdam. Painting 'De Herenclub' (Gentleman's club)
  • 1997 Tweede Kamer, The Hague (The Netherlands) Portrait Dick Dolman
  • 1998 Oranje Boven, Portrait Queen Beatrix
  • 2000 Nieuwspoort, The Hague (The Netherlands) Minister Jorritsma
  • 2000 Hoge Raad der Nederlanden (Generaal B.A.C. Droste)
  • 2000 Dutch Royal Air Force portrait gallery
  • 2000 Pulchri Studio, The Hague (The Netherlands)
  • 2002 Pulchri Studio, The Hague (The Netherlands)


  1. ^ "Het elan van Marike Bok" (in Dutch). 2002. 
  2. ^ "Marike Bok Collection". Marike Bok memorial (in Dutch). Jan 20, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Portretten Koningin te koop". Trouw (in Dutch). Oct 9, 1995. 
  4. ^ "De koningin in 4 smaken". De Volkskrant (in Dutch). Oct 7, 1995. 
  5. ^ "The Gentleman's club (De Herenclub)" (in Dutch). ANP. Oct 11, 1996. 
  6. ^ Waard, Peter de. "Portretschilder die niet het uiterlijk, maar de persoon verbeeldde". De Volkskrant. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Marike Bok, de Frans Hals van de 21ste eeuw" (in Dutch). The Post Online. Oct 30, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Portretschilder die niet het uiterlijk, maar de persoon verbeeldde". Volkskrant (in Dutch). July 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Portretten Koningin te koop" (in Dutch). September 23, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Exhibitions" (in Dutch). 2002. 

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