About the author Paul Zwartkruis MSc. and Pochoirworld.com
Inspired by his parents, Paul Zwartkruis, as a student, collected paintings of modern and contemporary artists. Later on, he started to collect lithographs, etchings and woodcuts and bought a book about the School of Paris (École de Paris), in which an international group of artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Laurencin, Delaunay, Chagall and others were described.
These artists from the first half of the 20th century had his special interest. Back in the nineties, Paul stumbled upon a book about Matisse, the book disclosed 5 colorful (visual art) stencils, that turned out to be pochoirs. Pochoirs are handmade reproductions of artwork, produced in Parisian ateliers by female staff members during the period 1920-1960. A very costly, labor-intensive technique.
After retiring, Zwartkruis started to write articles about this rare technique and to broaden the knowledge by giving lectures. In 2011, Zwartkruis organized his first exhibition in a well-known Art Gallery in Amsterdam. He unveiled with for the first time and with great success 50 pochoirs of Picasso.
Because there has never been published a full collection of pochoirs made by Picasso, he created a catalog, so art lovers from around the world can enjoy the wonderful book illustrations. This site (Pochoirworld.com) is an initiative of his son, containing the articles in various languages, and a catalog of 300 pochoirs by Picasso.
Enjoy Pochoirworld.com and its pochoirs!