Prime people: Richard Hagen Art Collector

You could call Richard Hagen one of Prime Vision´s icons. He has worked for Prime Vision from the beginning in various sales functions.

Richard loves to travel. He has seen a lot of the world because of his work as an account director. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is currently not so easy to travel. But Richard has other hobbies like golf and wine tasting. Another hobby or better said passion of Richard is collecting art.

The first thing that stands out is the enthusiasm and passion when Richard talks about his art collection..

At present Richard has about 45 works of art. He doesn’t even have enough space in his house to hang everything, so some pieces are standing against the wall.

How did this all begin?

Richard likes to visit museums. The Netherlands has many fantastic museums, and Richard also likes to visit a museum during vacations abroad.

Because of this interest he became more interested in art, read books about art and discovered what he liked. He developed a preference for Impressionism, an important art movement that originated in Paris in 1874 as a protest against painting according to the rules in that era. The impressionist painters painted what they saw and allowed the light to take its course. When Richard is in Paris, he always goes to a museum to see works by Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh, among others, but the Kröller-Müller museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands, also has beautiful Impressionist works.

Richard made his first art purchase back in the nineties. However, Richard had no money for a Cézanne, but the father of his best friend was an art dealer. He purchased engravings from him that were around 240 years old. Those were affordable and made a good investment. The engravings show recognizable images of Dutch cities and beautiful views along Dutch rivers.

The first paintings Richard bought at auctions. His first painting was painted by the Dutch painter Jan Makkes, a flower still life painted with strong colors and in the final phase an enormous amount of paint was applied with a palette knife to add the finishing touch.

More and more paintings came and Richard’s passion grew accordingly. Through the museum visits and the books he has read, Richard can tell us a lot about Impressionism.

Richard is very proud of his wall with 8 paintings by the French artist Dominique Kleiner that fall under the so-called modern impressionism. Richard admits that he loves series and has more paintings by the same painters.

Richard’s favorite painting is Monet’s Japanese bridge over a pond with water lilies, 1899. But unfortunately such paintings are not available at an affordable price.

Despite the fact that Richard doesn’t have room to hang any more paintings and it’s unusual that you buy something you don’t do anything with, the collecting continues.

Finally, the question to Richard “what is so beautiful about art?

Richard: “Art can come to you for any amount of money. Art doesn’t become beautiful because many people look at it, but because you see something in it, because it is original. I am proud of my art collection and when I look at it, it makes me happy”

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