Theo Bitter

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Theodorus (Theo) Bitter (December 16, 1916 – February 13, 1994 in The Hague) was a Dutch graphic artist, painter and draftsman. He also made monumental art, designed textiles, and illustrated books.

Bitter was educated at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague. From 1946-1960, he taught at the same academy. He worked in The Hague, Oslo, and Lecce. In The Hague, he resided for many years at the Artiestenhof in Trompstraat.[1]

He painted many family portraits and his watercolor paintings were realist. His landscapes and figures reflected an abstract expressionist style. Bitter co-founded the artistic group Hague Verve with Dirk Bus and was a member of the Pulchri Studio.

Bitter taught Margreet van Dulmen, Hubert Herbergh, Leonie Kording, Ronnie Meerts, Henry Oostenbrink, Piet Smissaert, and L.D. Verkouteren.


  1. ^ Theo Bitter staat vermeld in de Scheen 1969-1970 , dl. 1, p. 99 (als: Bitter, Theodorus ('Theo');*) en de Jacobs 1993 , dl. 1, p. 110