Until the end of March 2019, the Graphic Cabinet of Museum Joure will present a small, fascinating exhibition about 'the Bottemas', Tjerk and Tjeerd, two brothers and artists who originate from Friesland.

Tjerk Bottema (1882, Bovenknijpe) painted, watercoloured, drew and made lithographs, including landscapes and posters for cinemas. He became known for his political prints for De Notenkraker, a Dutch political satirical weekly between 1907 and 1936. In the exhibition are some of these cartoons. Tjerk was a restless, searching man and immersed himself in the then new art movements such as De Stijl. In 1940 he fled from Paris to England and was killed when his ship sank due to war. On board was also his friend, the poet Marsman.

Tjeerd Bottema (1884, Langezwaag) worked after the Academy as a plate painter at De Distel. He became a much sought-after illustrator and successful advertising designer. The well-known advertisement of RVS Verzekeringen with the image of an older couple with umbrella and dog, is from his hand. Like his brother, he also made political prints. Tjeerd concentrated more and more on illustrating books, especially reading and textbooks for primary education. In the well-known booklets by W.G. van de Hulst and the series by Jaap and Gerdientje by Anne de Vries the illustrations by Tjeerd can be found. Tjeerd lived in Katwijk almost all his life. With hundreds of illustrated books to his name, and much other work, he died in 1978, 94 years old. Tjeerd Bottema's two daughters, Hillegonda and Johanna, have followed the same path as their father: both have become illustrators.

The exhibition is organized by the Frisian Graphic Museum Foundation, which is housed in Museum Joure.