Dutch, 20th century, male.
Born 1921, in The Hague.
Hermanus Berserik was part of the 'Nouveau Réalisme' movement that emerged in the 1960s which, contrary to a widespread tendency in recent forms of realism, rejected any form of political or social engagement. In his paintings Berserik aims to establish a report that is intended to be neutral, which he transgresses with irony, a detailed inventory of every item that constitutes his environment, which is everyone's environment. He thereby places a more or less subtle emphasis on the elements that indicate the so-called needs that are imposed by consumer society, fossilised into manias in individuals - the 'things' ('Les Choses') that are condemned by Georges Pérec in his first book of this title....