Bert Schierbeek was an American author. In addition to being one of the most famous American writers ever, he also served as a foreign affairs adviser for President Harry Truman. Bert Schierbeek published over twenty-five books of varying topics all in the world. Some were written in English and some were translated into other languages. In fact, his writings on Vietnam and post-war diplomacy are still highly regarded around the world.
Bert Schierbeek’s greatest work remains his fourteen-volume series of Gestalt der Stem, which translates as “Starry Night”. The series is part of his most popular collection of all time, entitled Paths of Infinity. In this series, Schierbeek presents his thoughts on art, life, literature, film, and photography. Among his most famous works in this series are: The Battle of Alcazar, A Summary of European History, Man, and His Symbols, The Decay of Happiness, The Dance of the Stars, No Man’s Land, and The Heavens and the Earth.
Bert Schierbeek studied the art of composing operas and came to know the standard opera repertoire through his teacher, mentor, and fellow artist Hugo van der Goes. After completing a degree at the University of Vienna, where he pursued painting, Schierbeek traveled to live in New York City. While in the Big Apple, he took part in the avant-garde artistic circles there. One of these was the “artistically insane” Fashion Institute of Manhattan, where he would pursue painting as part of a course. Later, he would receive a master’s degree from the Academy of Art University, where he studied classical music, particularly composition, with such notable performers as Yo-Yo Ma. When it was time for him to choose a field of study after leaving the Academy, he opted for the novelties, venturing into the world of advertising and publishing.
Schierbeek is best known for his paintings of nude women, which he completed between 1923 and 1967. These paintings, entitled Viva La Vida (The Beautiful Woman), are unique in their portrayal of the human body. Though some criticize this artwork for being pornography, this artist claims that he never intended such interpretations. He says that he merely likes to portray women in provocative poses. According to him, this form of painting is more freeing than other forms, as it allows him to explore bodily sensations that are often hidden in the artistry of modern art.
In addition to Viva La Vida, Schierbeek also spent considerable time traveling to various Netherlands towns, like Eindhoven, Breda, and hijackerswoud, in order to take photographs during the country’s most famous festivals. Although most of the photographs were meant for his own consumption, he included them in his book, Andere Nemen, which describes various cultures and events that he visited in the Netherlands. As a result of his extensive travels, he had great knowledge about the country’s major cities and even wrote an informative travel guide, entitled De Zuiden, which remains in print today. With his travels, and his photos, as well as his writing, Schierbeek achieved much acclaim in his home country of the Netherlands, and he received numerous awards for his work in the United States and Canada.
Today, many people in the United States and Canada continue to view Andere Nemen through the prism of Bert’s work. Not only are these paintings widely available, they also remain highly prized possessions. Most notably, a painting by Bert called Amsterdam, which originally belonged to a Dutch merchant, remains highly prized in the heart of Manhattan, according to the owner. Another famous painting, titled Babylon Harbor, was purchased by the Port of New York City from a gallery in Manhattan in 2021, and it still holds its original oil painting of a mermaid on the Babylon Harbor Bridge.