Fokkens - portraits of chess grandmasters

The KB owns a collection of 41 Portraits of chess grandmasters drawn by Ph. Fokkens during the Olympiad in Amsterdam, 4-25 september 1954. (Shelf-number 973 P 1-2.)

Phocas Fokkens was born In Amsterdam on December 20th 1888. He was one of Jan Toorop’s pupils and studied at the Antwerp Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten from 1908 until 1911. Juliaan de Vriendt was one of his teachers. After his studies he lived and worked in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brughes, Paris and from 1936 in Blaricum (Holland). His paintings, drawings and etchings consist mainly of landscapes, figures and portraits which were his favourite subjects.

Fokkens was a member and a co-founder of ‘De Onafhankelijken’ (‘The Independents’), a society of painters and sculptors, founded in Amsterdam in 1912. Paul Citroen, Piet Mondriaan and Jan Sluijters participated in this society. In the Paris ‘Salon des Indépendants’ his works were regularly exhibited; in 1923 the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum held a major exhibition of his works of art.

He died in Blaricum on September 2 1965.

*This succinct biography is partly based on information from the Netherlands Institute for Art History. *

L. Szabó (1917-)
L. Szabó (1917-)

L. Szabó (1917-)

M. Botvinnik (1911-1995)
M. Botvinnik (1911-1995)

M. Botvinnik (1911-1995)

M. Najdorf (1910-1997)
M. Najdorf (1910-1997)

M. Najdorf (1910-1997)

M. Euwe (1901-1981)
M. Euwe (1901-1981)

M. Euwe (1901-1981)

G. Barcza (1911-1986)
G. Barcza (1911-1986)

G. Barcza (1911-1986)

V. Pirc (1907-1980)
V. Pirc (1907-1980)

V. Pirc (1907-1980)

D. Bronstein (1924-)
D. Bronstein (1924-)

D. Bronstein (1924-)

A. Matanovič (1930-)
A. Matanovič (1930-)

A. Matanovič (1930-)

J. 'Alōnī (1905-1985)
J. 'Alōnī (1905-1985)

J. 'Alōnī (1905-1985)

G. Barcza (1911-1986)
G. Barcza (1911-1986)

G. Barcza (1911-1986)

O. Bernstein (1911-1962)
O. Bernstein (1911-1962)

O. Bernstein (1911-1962)

N. Minev (1931-)
N. Minev (1931-)

N. Minev (1931-)

A. Kotov (1913-1981)
A. Kotov (1913-1981)

A. Kotov (1913-1981)

S. Glicgorič (1923-)
S. Glicgorič (1923-)

S. Glicgorič (1923-)

E. Gereben (1907-1988)
E. Gereben (1907-1988)

E. Gereben (1907-1988)

P. Keres (1916-1975)
P. Keres (1916-1975)

P. Keres (1916-1975)

L. Pachman (1924-)
L. Pachman (1924-)

L. Pachman (1924-)

V. Pirc (1907-1980)
V. Pirc (1907-1980)

V. Pirc (1907-1980)

M. Oren (1903-1962)
M. Oren (1903-1962)

M. Oren (1903-1962)

L. Rellstab (1904-1983)
L. Rellstab (1904-1983)

L. Rellstab (1904-1983)

M. Czerniak (1910-1984)
M. Czerniak (1910-1984)

M. Czerniak (1910-1984)

W. Unzicker (1925-)
W. Unzicker (1925-)

W. Unzicker (1925-)

C. Alexander (1909-1974)
C. Alexander (1909-1974)

C. Alexander (1909-1974)

G. Ståhlberg (1908-1967)
G. Ståhlberg (1908-1967)

G. Ståhlberg (1908-1967)

J. Bolbochán (1920-)
J. Bolbochán (1920-)

J. Bolbochán (1920-)

H. Golombek (1911-1995)
H. Golombek (1911-1995)

H. Golombek (1911-1995)

H. Golombek (1911-1995)
H. Golombek (1911-1995)

H. Golombek (1911-1995)

M. Botvinnik (1911-1995)
M. Botvinnik (1911-1995)

M. Botvinnik (1911-1995)

G. Agustsson
G. Agustsson

G. Agustsson

D. Parliaros
D. Parliaros

D. Parliaros

K. Darga
K. Darga

K. Darga

E. Geller
E. Geller

E. Geller

M. Botvinnik
M. Botvinnik

M. Botvinnik

M. Czerniak
M. Czerniak

M. Czerniak

L. Pachman
L. Pachman

L. Pachman

E. Geller
E. Geller

E. Geller

Jonge meesters
Jonge meesters

Jonge meesters

M. Botvinnik
M. Botvinnik

M. Botvinnik

M. Bobotsov
M. Bobotsov

M. Bobotsov

L. Pachman e.a.
L. Pachman e.a.

L. Pachman e.a.

H. Golombek
H. Golombek

H. Golombek