Jantje Puk, by Rein Stuurman

Rein Stuurman was a Dutch artist, best known as the illustrator of the children's books written by his twin sister Willie. Born in Zaandam, Reinier Stuurman studied at the Hendrik de Keyzerschool and at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. He was employed by the starch factory De Bijenkorf in Koog aan de Zaan until the age of 30.

In the early 1930s, Rein and his sister Willie created the series 'Bobbeltje de Maankabouter', of which six small picture books were published by the publishing firm of the Koster brothers in Naarden. Stuurman remained affiliated with the publisher in the following years, and made the drawings for a couple of coloring books in the series 'Eerst lezen... dan kleuren!'. Rein and Willie Stuurman furthermore developed a series about six puppet theatre plays.

Jantje Puk, by Rein Stuurman

Stuurman also contributed to the children's publication Kie-ke-boe, published by W. de Haan in Utrecht, around 1932. By 1936, he made illustrations for the children's section of the socialist magazine, that was under editorial guidance of A.D. Hildebrand. When the supplement became De Kleine Wij in 1941, Stuurman provided a series of comic stories about a black crow called Gerrit ('Gerrit de Zwarte Kraai'). During the same period, in 1941-42, he also worked for Doe Mee.

Rein Stuurman has been the illustrator of his sister's children's stories, starting with her first book from 1938, 'Wat Pruikebol vertelde'. Brother and sister Stuurman also renewed their collaboration with Koster in 1946 with the new picture book series 'Hokus, Pokus Pas!!!!!!!!', but also four new 'Bobbeltje' books. Stuurman's earlier booklets were additionally reprinted by Koster, as were his puppet plays by Gorter.

over for Kie-ke-boe, by Rein Stuurman

In 1946, he drew the comic strip 'Jantje Puk' for regional newspapers like De Gooi- en Eemlander and Leidsch Dagblad. The 'Jantje Puk' stories introduced young readers to the variety of animals in the Dutch landscapes. Stuurman made the advertising booklets 'Doko Dorlas en de aap' and 'Doko Dorlas en de veldwachter' for the coffee firm of J.C. Dorlas in Amersfoort-Gouda in the mid-1950s.

Stuurman was also known for his ornithological art, for instance for the 1937 birds identification book 'Zien is Kennen'. He also made a couple of picture books with field biologist Rinke Tolman for coffee factory Kanis & Gunnink. Over the course of his career, he has illustrated over 140 children's books. He passed away in Laren, where he had lived since 1941, in September 1984.

Bobbeltje de Maankabouter, by Rein Stuurman

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