Rocks, rugged mountain landscapes, waterfalls and seashores have always been an important source of inspiration for Peter Bertus. He liked to travel. Only together with his wife Chris Roovers and formerly with their children. Greece, Cornwall, Brittany, Ireland, Norway and later also Iceland. Also there in Norway and in Iceland, his youngest daughter Artemisia has been living there for more than 10 years, he was inspired by the rugged, desolate landscape. These journeys left numerous canvases, large and small, with waterfalls and rivers meandering through the colorful landscape. Or with seashores of Brittany and Cornwal and mountain landscapes from Greece. On the coast of Peter Bertus On this canvas On the coast (140 x 200 cm) you see a rugged coast of presumably Brittany. But it can also be Cornwall. Peter did not put a title, place or date everywhere. And unfortunately we can not ask him anymore. But is it bad that we do not know where this was exactly? Does that make the work different? It is an interpretation of a beautiful place by the sea. He has been there, sat on a rock, looked and painted or painted with water and paint, as he often did. Perhaps he even photographed the place and, only later in his studio, made this beautiful canvas. From a memory, a feeling and possible sketches. A beautiful place somewhere on the coast ... Andrea Bertus The exhibition 'Changing Times' by Peter Bertus and Chris Roovers can still be seen until 24 March, more information check our website.
Sunday afternoon January 13, 2019, just rain! Would people take this dog storm to attend the opening of an exhibition in the Land van Valkenburg museum? More than a hundred visitors hang their wet coats on the coat rack and go to the top floor of the monumental building. Not after they have been warmly welcomed by Chris Roovers, one of the two exhibitors. Above, Andrea, daughter of the artist couple Peter Bertus and Chris Roovers, is already waiting. A little later she can start a brave speech. She recalls that her father recently died and that this exhibition was planned before his death. We see this exhibition as a posthumous tribute to a versatile artist whose oeuvre consists of numerous etchings, drawings and paintings, whether or not commissioned. His legacy offers comfort to the relatives. That is why no works can be sold now. However, a book will be issued that can serve as a reference book. The work of Peter Bertus is nicely coordinated in this exhibition with the ceramic work of his widow, Chris Roovers. Her work is often very personal and almost everywhere there is a story behind it. That wet Sunday afternoon there are many words of praise on the atmospheric top floor of our museum!
Soon: "Changing Times" an exhibition by Peter Bertus and Chris Roovers. In the upper room of Museum Land van Valkenburg, from 13 January to 24 March 2019, a special exhibition will be on view of artist couple Peter Bertus and Chris Roovers. Particularly because Peter Bertus died in 2018, and this exhibition was put together without his presence.