Barend Blankert (1941) followed education to become a drawing teacher from 1960 to 1963 at the Rijksnormaalschool in Amsterdam.
Human figures have a remarkable place in his paintings, in which it is noticeable that the figures mostly turn away from the spectator. Figures rolled up on a sofa or in bed, or sitting straight up next to a table looking into a clean empty plate. Blankert makes the thoughts and feelings that are physically trapped visible. They live in their own silent world. The human figures are fictional, he doesn’t paint a human, but the human.
Blankert says himself that the figures have nothing to do with the posed reality of Frans Hals, but are all about the interior pieces of Johannes Vermeer. He painted the human as a still life.
Besides the human figure, furniture pieces are also an important subject to the paintings of Blankert. The old furniture under the light of a single lamp are depicts of isolation, like they have forgotten what their function is. Blankerts work is figurative, but is far removed from pure realism.