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Kees de Kort (born 2 December 1934, Nijkerk) is a Dutch artist best known for his series of paintings of Bible scenes, which have been used to illustrate children's books.

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Life

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Kees de Kort studied at the Art Academy of Amersfoort, at the Art School of Utrecht and at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam.

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He first created Bible illustrations for the public television station "schulfunk", and then in 1965 the Dutch Bible Society commissioned him to illustrate a number of biblical stories for people with learning disabilities. This led in 1967 to the series called What the Bible says - a series of small picture books, each containing one Bible story. The text was written in simple words, always limited to a few short sentences per page. De Kort developed a distinctive pictorial style for his illustrations, with vivid characters and bright colors. His pictures appeal to both children and adults, without slipping into kitsch.

These books were eventually published in 65 countries and translated into many languages.

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After 28 titles, De Kort felt he had illustrated all the main stories of the Bible, and in 1992 he then compiled them all into a larger work, the 'Kijkbijbel ("Look-Bible"), which has been published in translation under various titles (see below).

De Kort then began working on illustrations of Bible stories for adults (e.g. the books of Amos, Job and the Song of Songs). He also has created stained glass windows and triptychs with religious subjects.

Kees de Kort lives in Bergen (North Holland), is married, and has two sons who are also artists.

What the Bible Tells Us

The following titles comprise the "What the Bible Tells Us" series, published by The Bible Societies in the U.K. and by the Augsburg Publishing House in the U.S.:

Old Testament stories:

  • In the Beginning
  • Noah
  • Abraham
  • Jacob and Esau
  • Joseph
  • Moses
  • On the Way to the Promised Land
  • Ruth
  • David
  • Jonah
  • New Testament stories:

  • A Baby Called John
  • Jesus is Born
  • Jesus Goes to Jerusalem (the twelve-year-old Jesus)
  • Jesus at the Wedding
  • Jesus and His Disciples (first encounters with the disciples)
  • Jesus Heals a Sick Man
  • Jesus and the Storm
  • Jesus Conquers Death
  • Jesus and a Little Girl
  • Jesus Heals a Blind Man (Bartimaeus)
  • Zacchaeus
  • The Good Samaritan
  • The Son Who Left Home
  • The Workers in the Vineyard
  • Jesus at the Passover (Jesus enters Jerusalem, the Last Supper)
  • Jesus is Alive (aka: Jesus is Risen; Gethsemane, Pilate, the crucifixion, the empty tomb, first resurrection appearances)
  • Jesus Goes Away (the ascension, Pentecost)
  • A Man is Baptized (the first gentile convert)
  • Other books

  • Kees de Kort, Kijkbijbel ("Look-Bible"), Haarlem: Bijbelgenootschap, 1992
  • Das grosse Bibel-Bilderbuch, Gemalt von Kees de Kort ("The Big Bible Picture-Book, Painted by Kees de Kort"), Stuttgart, Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1998
  • Imgard Weth, The Neukirchen Children's Bible, illustrated by Kees de Kort
  • Imgard Weth, 7 x 7 Bible Stories (an abridgement of the Neukirchen Children's Bible)
  • Imgard Weth, The New Illustrated Children's Bible, Edinburgh, Saint Andrew Press, 2008 (another translation of 7 x 7 Bible Stories)
  • References

    Kees de Kort Wikipedia


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