The Print Room of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen regularly exhibits selections from its collection. In the spring of 20212, the museum exhibited the works of Co Westerik, collected and donated by Leo van Oosterom.
Co Westerik is best known as a painter, but he also made many drawings. He uses many techniques, including pen, pencil, chalk, water colour and Indian ink to draw scenes derived from reality. The poetic character of Westerik’s drawings induce feelings and emotions. He would spend a long time on his paintings, carefully building them up layer by layer, but in contrast his drawings are fast and transient.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has often featured the work of Co Westerik; there were presentations in 1999 and 2004 to mark his 75th and 80th birthdays.
Leo van Oosterom
The work of Co Westerik that was on show this spring in the Print Room had been selected from the collection of Leo van Oosterom. Leo van Oosterom first got to know the work of Co Westerink in Galerie Fenna de Vries in Rotterdam. He acquired his first work by the artist there, and this was followed by many more, which he purchased both from the gallery and from other collectors. He eventually accumulated a collection of nearly a hundred drawings, which was donated to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen after his death. Van Oosterom particularly appreciated Westerik’s work because of the great refinement his drawings displayed. As the years past, the two became friends.
Thanks to the donation of the collection of Leo van Oosterom, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has a large number of works by Co Westerik in its collection. View them on the Collection Online.