Thomas Nygard Gallery - 19th and 20th Century American Art



Henry C.

(1882 – 1963)

At eleven, Henry C. Balink left his home in Amsterdam, Holland to pursue his interest in art.  From 1909 to 1914 he studied at the Royal Academy in Amsterdam and then left for America in 1914.  He went to New York City to find inspiration from the art hanging at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Later he moved to Chicago to paint commissioned portraits and had some luck selling eighteen paintings.  Not thoroughly satisfied, he saw a poster of the southwest in a railway station and was instantly inspired to move to New Mexico.  In 1917 he made his first visit to Taos and later settled in Santa Fe.  He lived there from 1923 until his death in 1963.  He painted the Pueblo Indian, taught art and made and several important private collections.

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