Groupphoto of Fugare, from left to right: Theo van der Nahmer; Jaap Nanninga; Harry Disberg; Joop Kropff; George Lampe; Frans de Wit; Theo Bitter; Jan van Heel; Nol Kroes; Aart v.d. IJssel; Willem Hussem and Wim Sinemus

On the 26th of January 1960, at 20:15 exactly, George Lampe founded the artist collective Fugare in Pulchri Studio (founding manifest part I and part II). A lot of Verve’s former members joined this new group. Even more than before the emphasis was on abstraction and experimentation, yet several members were still painting in the figurative tradition.

The group consisted of ten painters: Theo Bitter, Harry Disberg, Jan van Heel, Willem Hussem, Nol Kroes, Joop Kropff, George Lampe, Jaap Nanninga, Wim Sinemus, Frans de Wit and two sculptors: Theo van der Nahmer and Aart van den IJssel. Gerard Verdijk joined in 1964 and Christiaan de Moor in 1965.

Joop KropffNol KroesJaap NanningaGeorge LampeTheo BitterWillem HussemHarry DisbergFrans de WitAart van den IJsselTheo van der Nahmer

Exhibitions were held in venues like Pulchri Studio (1960, 1961 and 1962), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1961) and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (1962). The group would exist until 1967. Just like at Verve, Fugare had no common style although in the founding manifest Lampe writes of working with abstraction and experimentation. Each of the members paints in their own style. Hussem for example was a purely abstract painter, while Jan van Heel was a very figurative painter. Fugare is regarded as one of the Nieuwe Haagse School’s defining groups.

In 1964 George wrote a piece for the overviewcatalog of Jaap Nanninga.

Groupphoto of Fugare