Thé Tjong-Khing

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Guest of Honour 2016

Thé Tjong-Khing

1933, Purworejo
Illustrator. Born in Indonesia. Great film connoisseur.

Thé Tjong-Khing is one of the best known Dutch illustrators of children’s books. His work evolved from comic strip drawings with a cinematic dynamic, through naturalistic pictures for realistic stories, to imaginative illustrations in which he avoids movement as far as possible. He prefers to depict emotions in a stylised manner. He strives to produce pictures with the candour of a child, drawn by the hand of an adult. His work is imbued with cinematic elements, with the interplay of light and dark at its core. He was awarded the Max Velthuijs Prize for his oeuvre, as well as the Woutertje Pieterse Prize in 2005 for his book Waar is de taart [Where’s the cake?], a picture book without text. His work has been translated into fourteen languages.

Links   Translations   Leopold   Moritz

Recently translated into German

Moritz Verlag, 2015
Original title: Bosch (Leopold, 2015)
German title: Hieronymus

Hieronymus goes outside to play, but today everything is different than usual… When he falls into a ravine, he lands in a wonderful world filled with strange creatures. But then they take off with his ball, as well as his cap and rucksack. A fearless Hieronymus goes after them. He’s a clever fellow who helps out whenever he can, making new friends on the way. Though not everybody is what they seem to be… A picture book without words, in which the painter Hieronymus Bosch’s magical world transformed into the setting of an exciting escapade. Take the journey yourself by following the clues in Thé Tjong-Khing’s masterful illustrations.
You meet all the figures in Hieronymus Bosch’s world, but Thé has placed them in his own mysterious world. So there are plenty of details to search for in these fantastic illustrations.


Thé and Bosch share a sense of absurd humour, a keen eye for detail and a sardonically grim side.

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