Jeroen Krabbé 80 - 8 decades in pictures - Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst

Jeroen Krabbé 80 – 8 decades in pictures



On 5 December 2024, Dutch actor, film director, documentary maker, painter and illustrator Jeroen Krabbé will reach the age of eighty. The Cobra Museum will celebrate this autumn with a presentation of eight paintings, each telling a decade of his life. The presentation will be framed by drawings and paintings from Krabbé’s early artistic development to his most recent work.

Jeroen Krabbé comes from a family of artists. Inspired by his grandfather Heinrich Martin Krabbé and father Maarten Krabbé, he has been drawing and painting since childhood and seems destined to follow in their footsteps. However, he chose the acting profession, but immediately after his international breakthrough in Soldaat van Oranje in 1977, he enrolled at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Krabbé’s style develops from hyper-realistic minuscule works through portraits, Pop Art and fierce expressionism to colourful landscapes. The faraway countries he visits for his work as an actor also pop up regularly in his oeuvre. All these elements come together in the eight paintings that shed light on his life and development as a man, actor and artist.