Enjoying his book (Cat N° 4536) (2013)
Oil painting by Mels Sluyser


  • Oil painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 31.5 × 23.62 in (unframed) / 31.5 × 23.62 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Mels Sluyser


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Artist's description:

"Artist Statement : ""I used to be a biochemist by profession in an institute devoted to cancer research, but after my retirement some twenty years ago I became a full-time painter. Under my hands, canvasses filled themselves with Jewish themes. I am a Jew and a Holocaust survivor but never before had I so felt the need to give shape to Jewish Life in such a way. Since I am doing this I feel that I have come home. As the years go by I have felt my Jewish roots ever more strongly and feel the urgent need to express this in my oil paintings.
It probably has to do with the fact that I am the son of Meyer Sluyser, the celebrated Dutch author, who after the Second World War wrote a series of books about the old Jewish neighborhood of Amsterdam. In these books my father strove to preserve the memory of the original Jewish characters who populated his pre-War life. There was a lot of poverty and misery, but the solidarity and the typical Jewish humor created an atmosphere which now can only be remembered with nostalgia. That joy of people with their simple menschlichkeit (humanity), that is the nesjomme (Jewish soul) of my paintings. It is the spirit of that vanished world that I am trying to recall, a world full of Jewish vitality, tradition and community spirit, populated by both Orthodox Jews and Yiddish einzelgänger (individualists). That Jewish life of years past, I hope that my work can recover at least a bit of that and preserve it for later."

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