Dick Stapel is one of the best portrait painters in the Netherlands. Among others he paints prominent personalities from the world of politics, music, theatre, and the figurative arts. His work combines allure with actuality.

His versatility is reflected in his still lifes and landscapes. This is the reign of silence and balance of an artist who concentrates on the essential. What may be said of his portraits certainly applies for everything else he makes: Dick Stapel is a painter pur sang.

John Sillevis
Chief curator Gemeentemuseum Den Haag