Episode 28: Anton VerheyFirst aired: Tuesday, 10 March 2015 at 17.00 hours
Once started as a puppeteer Verhey later chose painting, hidden in his studio in Weststellingwerf. He caused a furore and gained national prominence when one of Beatrix official portrait made on commission could not be shown. The painting 'was not', because the majesty was too pompous and moreover not a resemblance.
The City Council of Weststellingwerf found it inappropriate. Freek de Jonge brought him to the Royal Theatre Carré with his painting on the stage to thunderous applause.
More than thirty years the painting has not hung in a government building, but now it is part of the national collection. Now there's a book about his life and work. Verhey has a broken childhood. After the war his father goes in to the labor camp for two years, a punishment that Verhey never understood. Until he discovered in the archives of Den Haag that his father had committed treason, which had been concealed.
Puzzle pieces are falling into place. His father has always had a penchant for uniforms and also loved the Boy Scouts. And the strange thing is that the 'uniform' also plays a major role in the work of Verhey. He has made battle scenes of the Slag bij Warns or harrowing expedition of Napoleon to Russia. Many see in his work the historical school records of Isings.