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If you own a „Sterkenburg“ and have no objection against showing your painting on our website, please send us a digital photo by e-mail (via Contact), preferably taken in daylight. We also require the dimensions of the canvas without frame, the material (canvas or board) on which it was painted and if possible the year of creation. Do not use the flash because this will cause an annoying  stain on the picture. The best result is obtained in the shade outside. All entries will be treated confidentially and published without indication of the name of the owner. 


Article in the Peninsula Magazine, autumn, 1992

Sea And Be Seen
KLM brings celebrated Dutch artist Peter Sterkenburg to Hong Kong in November for his first overseas exhibition – a rare chance to view his moody and dramatic seascapes. Click here to download.


And again we found a forgery, this time in a gallery in Paris, France. The gallery apparently only looked at the signature and it is therefore understandable that this painting was mistaken for a ‘Sterkenburg’. However, the technique, the color use, the painting surface and the signature are in no way comparable to those of Peter Sterkenburg. We have informed the gallery that they are offering a forgery for sale. Photos of the painting are shown below. 


Peter Sterkenburg’s work is very popular and that also means that there are always people that want to exploit his reputation. So please be careful because forgeries exist. In early June 2020 our experts discovered a so-called ‘Sterkenburg’ on the auction site that set off the alarm bells. The painting ‘Sailing ships at Night’ bore the signature of Peter Sterkenburg but the technique did not at all resemble the superb palette of the artist. A closer look revealed that the Catawiki canvas was probably made in the late 1950’s by a painter by the name of Otten who was known for producing the same themes in larger numbers. We even found a canvas by Otten that is almost identical to the Catawiki painting. The photos of both Paintings and their signatures are shown below. 


In This Hour - Novel written by Rudolf van Reest (pseudonym of K.C. Spronsen) about the Second World War, the landing of the Allied Forces on the Dutch island of Walcheren and the flood disaster in 1953. The cover of this English translation of the Dutch novel shows a painting by Peter Sterkenburg depicting the landing on Walcheren in 1944.





From Omaha to the Scheldt - The author, Professor John Forfar, MC, FRSE, (1916-2013), was the Medical Officer attached to the 47 Royal Marine Commando throughout it brief history. This account is based on his and the few survivors’ recollections of the fierce battles fought on the shores of France, Belgium and Holland. The cover of the book shows a painting by Peter Sterkenburg depicting the landing on Walcheren in 1944.




Book  'Bound to the Sea' A Painter of Seascapes 1955-2000 - The second English edition of ‘Bound to the sea, Peter J. Sterkenburg, a painter of seascapes’ can be ordered via ‘Contact’. We will advise you by e-mail what the cost will be of sending a copy to your country and how you can pay. The publication has a hard (laminated) cover and contains, in addition to a biography of the artist, more than 100 colour images of his paintings. The book costs € 29,50 excluding registered shipping.





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New Guest Book! - Have a look at our new guestbook. You will find it in the menu bar at the top of this page. We look forward to your entries. We reserve the right to discard messages that violate the ‘netiquette’ policy.

Holland America Line August 31, 2005 - The board of our foundation was invited by VFD, the architectural firm responsible for the furnishing of all the ships of the HAL, to visit the cruise liner ‘Rotterdam’ which was then docked in Rotterdam. In total 16 prints of Peter Sterkenburgs paintings can be found hanging in the corridors of the ‘Rotterdam’. And on display on its sister ship, the ‘MS Amsterdam III’ is the giant, 7 meter-long painting of the Dutch capital city in the 17th century. Below an impression.

De Rotterdam Rederij: Holland America Line

Wikipedia  Peter Sterkenburg can now also be found on Wikipedia. Click here


Trends: Mixing Old Masters and Antique Artworks into a Modern Scheme - Antiques and period paintings are dusting off their fusty image. With the right contemporary setting, a carefully executed contrast between old and new can bring out the beauty of traditional masterpieces all over again. Old never looked so fresh. ArtRevisited is a printing company which offers a number of colour prints of Peter Sterkenburg’s paintings. These are printed by a special printing process (Giclée) and are of exceptional quality. You can find this company on



Article in the magazine De Blauwe Wimpel November 2001. 

The Dutch text was translated into English. Click here to download.                         





Article from periodical ‘Success’. Edition April 1996. Images of the sea

Sharmini Nesaratnam visited leading maritime artist Peter Sterkenburg at his home in Zurich, Holland, to find out what’s in store for his Kuala Lumpur exhibition this month.

Click here to download. Download here to see the complete English text in PDF




Vastwerken December 2010 - In Vastwerken (Official body of the AVOM General Association Former staff of the Royal Netherlands Navy) of December 2010 you can read an extensive article about Peter J Sterkenburg.


The Dutch text was translated into English Click here to download.


Bronze plaque in memory of Peter J. Sterkenburg - In memory of Peter Sterkenburg, a plaque (created by artist Lia Krol) was unveiled on 1 June 2005 on the wall of his former home by mayor Chris Arlman of Harlingen, the city where Peter was born and mayor Theunis Piersma of Wûnseradiel where the artist lived and worked.


The Dutch text was translated into English Click here to download.

Article in the magazine De Blauwe Wimpel of July/August 2018.- An interesting article about Peter Sterkenburg was published in the magazine De Blauwe Wimpel of July/August 2018. The center page depicted a beautiful painting of the IJ, Amsterdam’s waterfront, in the 17th century. Courtesy De Blauwe Wimpel


The Dutch text was translated into English Click here to download.



After the Exhibition in Jakarta (1996), Peter Sterkenburg returned to the Netherlands. The assignments kept coming in with, among other things, an assignment from VFD, the architectural firm that furnishes the Holland America Line cruise ships. This 7 meter long work presents the IJ with VOC ships off Amsterdam. The artist was unable to finish the painting, he died, 44 years old, the day before Easter in 2000. A year after his death, a biography was published by a foundation that wants to bring Sterkenburg's work to a wider public's attention.


New sea palace from HAL in service

You can view the full article here (Dutch), courtesy of De Telegraaf


FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida) - When you float with Frans and Hedwig Dingemans on the waves of a turbulent Caribbean Sea and pass through eleven floors of lounges, restaurants and corridors of the 'MS Amsterdam III', the latest addition and the brand new flagship of the Holland-America Line, you get the impression that you are on their private yacht. That's how they talk about it.

"It also feels a bit like my ship," says Frans (57) from Utrecht, who took care of the complete interior of the newest HAL sea giant, a cruise ship of 61,000 tons, which bare already cost about 70 million guilders.   

"The Amsterdam is my eighth ship", says engineer Frans, designer and architect. "Frans is actually a genius", Hedwig whispers to me. "He has thought up everything you see. Every rug, every lampshade, every paneling, every chair, every decoration, every piece of art especially made or purchased and restored."

What you find: not only a sailing five-star hotel, but also a floating museum. A real Love Boat too. 


Frans has invested millions in art and antiques. Huge Amsterdam tile panels from the Golden Age, freshly baked in Italy, monumental paintings from the heyday of the VOC by Peter Sterkenburg, baroque angel statues from 1710, still lifes in the old style by Cornelis Le Mair from Eindhoven. But also tasteful tapestries from Barbara Broekman from Amsterdam. Dutch masterpieces, old, new and copied, because that is what the Americans want: a lot of culture with the Dutch touch.  

Frans and Hedwig Dingemans: "Holidays and going out mean seeing and being seen"


"As if the waves were alive, the clouds moved and the wind swept the sails ...."

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