Willem Haenraets


Impressionist painter, born in 9 october 1940.
Willem Haenraets is an Hollandaise painter, known for the Plein-air watercolors street scenes. With soft colors, the artist conjures up a romantic world of beautiful illusion on his canvasses in the Impressionist style.
“I was born in Heerlen, which is a town in the south of the Netherlands. When I was sixteen, I started my education at the City Acadamy at Maastricht. After I graduated, I was awarded a scolarship to study at the Belgium National Institute for Fine Arts at Antwerp and I became a student of Professor Sarina (Atelier Opsomer) and Professor Vaarten. During my life I exhibitioned succesfully in the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. Since three years I live with my wife Thea in Spain, in the vicinity of Alicante”.








willem-haenraets-1940-2 willem-haenraets-1940 willem-haenraets-19404 willem-haenraets-19405 willem-haenraets-19406

Willem Haenraets was born in Heerlen, the Netherlands, on October 9th, 1940.
When he was 16 years old, he started his education at the Academy of Arts in Maastricht.
Four years later he obtained a scholarship from the Belgian Government to study at the National Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp,in the Master class of professor Sarina ( Atelier Opsomer) and professor Vaarten.In his impressionistic paintings he mostly adds abstraction and figuration.
Atmosphere comes into existence by colours , light, levels and lines.
The abstract element always continues, however the painting is figurative.


willem-haenraets-19408 willem-haenraets-19409 willem-haenraets-194010 willem-haenraets-194012 willem-haenraets-194013 willem-haenraets-194014 willem-haenraets-194015 willem-haenraets-194016 willem-haenraets-194017 willem-haenraets-194018 willem-haenraets-194019 willem-haenraets-194020 willem-haenraets-194021 willem-haenraets-194022 willem-haenraets-194023 willem-haenraets-194024 willem-haenraets-194041 willem-haenraets-194049 willem-haenraets-194050 willem-haenraets-194051 willem-haenraets-194053 willem-haenraets-194054 willem-haenraets-194055 willem-haenraets-194056 willem-haenraets-194057 willem-haenraets-194058 willem-haenraets-194059 willem-haenraets-194060 willem-haenraets-194063 willem-haenraets-194064 willem-haenraets-194065 willem-haenraets-194066 willem-haenraets-194067 willem-haenraets-194068 willem-haenraets-194069 willem-haenraets-194070 willem-haenraets-194071 willem-haenraets-194072 willem-haenraets-194073 willem-haenraets-194074 willem-haenraets-194075 willem-haenraets-194076 willem-haenraets-194077 willem-haenraets-194079 willem-haenraets-194080 willem-haenraets-194081 willem-haenraets-194082 willem-haenraets-194083 willem-haenraets-194084 willem-haenraets-194085 willem-haenraets-194086 willem-haenraets-194087 willem-haenraets-194088 willem-haenraets-194090 willem-haenraets-194091 willem-haenraets-194093 willem-haenraets-194094 willem-haenraets-194096 willem-haenraets-194097 willem-haenraets-194098 willem-haenraets-194099 willem-haenraets-1940100 willem-haenraets-1940101 willem-haenraets-1940102 willem-haenraets-1940103 willem-haenraets-1940105 willem-haenraets-1940106 willem-haenraets-1940108 willem-haenraets-1940109 willem-haenraets-1940110 willem-haenraets-1940111 willem-haenraets-1940112 willem-haenraets-1940113 willem-haenraets-1940114 willem-haenraets-1940115 willem-haenraets-1940116 willem-haenraets-1940117 willem-haenraets-1940118 willem-haenraets-1940119 willem-haenraets-1940120 willem-haenraets-1940121 willem-haenraets-1940122 willem-haenraets-1940123 willem-haenraets-1940124 willem-haenraets-1940125 willem-haenraets-1940126 willem-haenraets-1940127 willem-haenraets-1940128 willem-haenraets-1940129 willem-haenraets-1940130 willem-haenraets-1940131 willem-haenraets-1940135 willem-haenraets-1940136 willem-haenraets-1940137 willem-haenraets-1940138 willem-haenraets-1940139 willem-haenraets-1940140 willem-haenraets-1940141 willem-haenraets-1940142 willem-haenraets-1940143 willem-haenraets-1940144 willem-haenraets-1940145 willem-haenraets-1940146 willem-haenraets-1940147 willem-haenraets-1940148 willem-haenraets-1940149 willem-haenraets-1940150 willem-haenraets-1940151 willem-haenraets-1940152 willem-haenraets-1940153 willem-haenraets-1940154 willem-haenraets-1940155 willem-haenraets-1940156 willem-haenraets-1940157 willem-haenraets-1940158 willem-haenraets-1940159 willem-haenraets-1940160 willem-haenraets-1940162 willem-haenraets-1940163 willem-haenraets-1940164 willem-haenraets-1940165 willem-haenraets-1940166 willem-haenraets-1940167 willem-haenraets-1940168 willem-haenraets-1940169 willem-haenraets


Willem Haenraets  was born October, the 9th, 1940 in Heerlen, the Netherlands. When he was 16 years old, he started at the Art Academy in Maastricht.

Four years later artist managed to receive a scholarship from the Belgian Government, to study at the,Belgian National Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he also opened his very first studio and got his first model.

At that time, artist also started to exhibit and sell his works. With the first money earned he bought a Vespa Scooter and drove to several picturesque places in the neighborhood. (lasvegasoms.com) The Harbor of Antwerp.was one of his favorites.

It was there, at the Harbor of Antwerp , where young Willem met a ship-owner, who tremendously helped him by putting in touch with a number of people, that resulted in many portraits orders and good commissions at the end. Unfortunately, the ship-owner passed away and the artist left Antwerp and went to Paris, where he stayed a couple of months.

On Place de Tetre he painted portraits from the early morning till midnight, so he could afford to buy a house in Bergen, Holland. This dream became true, the house was bought and the artist lived there with his first wife, Hannah.At that time he created  lot of paintings, that were sold In galleries and artmarkets.
Then a horrible drama happened, Hannah died in a car-accident, leaving Willem behind with their 6 weeks old daughter, Hester.

After a while artist decided to return to Heerlen, where he moved into a residence within a little castle, Kasteel Terworm and submerged into  work. He was selling sold his paintings in Holland and Germany. At the end of the 70th, he met his second wife, Thea and her little daughter Susan.. Together they got a son, named Bram.

Halfway through 80th Willem decided to start making prints of his paintings. This changed a lot of things in his life, including financial situation. He started receiving a lot of invites from publishers and organizers of Art-fairs in the United States , England and Germany. He signed the limited editions on the art-stands in the Convention Center of New York and LA. While his lithographs were exhibited at the Expo, his original paintings were shown in a gallery on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. His works became known all over the world and resulted in more exhibitions in Nagoya, Japan and many more. It was a great success. The Japanese especially like his soft colors and romantic subject.

In the 90s artist was approached by an owner of the gallery in the Stokstraat of Maastricht.

Together they went through a lucrative time, holding a beautiful exhibition in Gallery Renoir every two years. Unfortunately due to the gallery’s owner disease this promising partnership came to an end.

In 2003 artist and his family bought a house in Spain, Hondon de las Nieves, where the municipality asked Willem to exhibit his paintings in the Casa de Cultura of the village.

Currently artist works with publishers, who distribute his work all over the world, in the form of litho and gyclee-prints. His original paintings are being sold by himself and gallery-owners.