"Ine Veen and Jean Thomassen at Hotel des Indes in The Hague"
Thomassen and Ine Veen became internationaly known by a few exhibitions in
memory of Anna Pavlova, starting in 1991.
sir Michael Jenkins, Jean Thomassen, dr. Alex Tcickvaidze and Ine Veen
At Hotel des Indes in The Hague a vernissage was held. Dr. Alex Tcickvaidze (ambassador of the USSR) and sir Michael Jenkins (ambassador of the United Kingdom) unveilled a portrait painted by Jean Thomassen, in the room where Anna Pavlova died 60 years ago, and hereby opened the exhibition.
After research Jean Thomassen discovered facts about Pavlova, that were kept secret for years. These facts were the motive to write a sensational biography about the greatest ballerina the world has ever known. The book, although written in Dutch, nevertheless provoked commotion in both the United Kingdom and the USSR. It would cause action to return the ashes of Anna Pavlova, that were kept at London, to Moskou. Harvey Thomas, presschef of primeminister Margaret Thatcher was send to Amsterdam to discuss the matter with Ine and Jean.
Pavlova exhibitions and the book led in a few years to over 150 articles in
newspapers and magazins, many Radio-interviews and TV-items. After
pressagency Reuter distributed a few reports, worldwide the international
newspapers like the Tokio Times, The Guardian, The Toronto Star, The Daily Mail,
The Independant, The Prawda, The Times placed
articles. TV newsstation CNN interviewed Jean Thomassen in 1996.
drew quite a crowd
Exhibitions drew quite a crowd
few years later kickboxing promotor Daan Enneking asked Jean tot write a book about his
artcollection. It would lead to several exhibitions. In 2001 a large exhibition took
place containing the highlights of the collection of the bussinessman Enneking.
Only early realistic painters were represented. The exhibition drew a lot of
public and the director of the Westfriesmuseum in Hoorn, drs. Ruud Spruit,
decided to organize a triplet exhibition with work of the most famous
fantastic- realistic artists. The three exhibitions were held with paintings by
Johfra, Ernst Fuchs and Jean Thomassen.
exc. Mustafa Kamal Kazi, Ine Veen, exc. Michel el Khoury and Jean Thomassen
The ambassador of Pakistan, his excellency Mustafa Kamal Kazi, and the ambassador of Libanon, his excellency Michel el Khoury, were present at the opening of an exhibition at The Hague.
"Ine Veen 2003"
Jean Thomassen achieved a Royal award for his contribution to the Dutch art of painting and was knighted "Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau" in april 2010 .
Paintings by Jean Thomassen and Ine Veen are also to be seen and for sale in gallery Archetypes Art International, Avenue Joseph Clotis 21, 83411 HyŤres in the south of France, were, in the summer of 2003 an exhibition was held.