Peer van den Molengraft
Portraits of members of the board 1961
Location: In storage
Peer van de Molengraft (1922 - 2014) is a classical portraitist from Eindhoven who spends virtually all his life painting and drawing. He is a restless and adventurous young man who drops out of technical school after just a year and a half. He then becomes an apprentice with the painter Jan Kruysen. While doing menial work with the Van Gend & Loos Company at Amsterdam he qualifies as a draftsman. During the Second World War he serves as a courier in the resistance movement and finally must go into hiding.
After the war he leaves for Paris, where he lives on the banks of the river Seine while studying at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts. Later he ends up in Algiers, where for an income and as a passtime he paints a portrait of the Dutch consul general. The success is such that Van de Molengraft is launched into the highest circles: he is given assignments for portraits by sultans and sheikhs, and even by Haile Selassie, then still the Emperor of Ethiopia. A lengthy series of portraits of dignitaries follows, earning him the nickname 'Court painter of the twentieth century.
Some important figures in the early history of TU/e sit for him as well: prof.dr. Gilles Holst, who played a major part in the process of selecting Eindhoven as location for the second Dutch university of technology, prof.dr. Hendrik Dorgelo, the first rector, and mr.dr. Ch.J.M.A. van Rooy, mayor of Eindhoven and curator of TU/e.