Jolande Withuis / Jolande Withuis – No Time to Lose

Jolande Withuis – No Time to Lose

Jolande Withuis – No Time to Lose

About the book

‘My entire life and all my thoughts revolve around paintings. They are my oxygen.’

In 1936, when Jeanne Bieruma Oosting was thirty-eight, she confidently presented herself as a painter at an exhibition in Paris. Her Self-portrait in Smock bears a triumphant expression. She had fought a long battle before daring to portray herself in such a way. According to her family’s conservative mores, girls had only one purpose in life – to get married and have children.  Working was taboo. But her battle didn’t end when Oosting had finally wrestled free of her milieu. Because, even as an artist, she ran up against gender preconceptions. The shockingly graphic work she produced in the 1930s was simultaneously praised as pioneering and criticized for being ‘unfeminine.’

In No Time to Lose, Jolande Withuis uses a wealth of material to sketch the life, loves (both male and female), friendships, and the long, multifaceted career of one of the Netherlands’ most renowned visual artists. The result is a vibrant and gripping portrait of a gifted, fascinating and courageous woman.

Press on No Time to Lose:

Jolande Withuis, as driven as her subject matter, writes a fascinating sociological portrait of an artist in No Time to Lose. **** - De Telegraph

What's attractive about this biography is that while much is said about Oosting's art, this is decisively not a work of art history. Withuis gets under Oosting's skin, makes a detailed map of her social network, and keeps the context in the background, like a stage set. - Het Parool

A splendid biography. - de Volkskrant

A formidable biography. ***** - NRC Handelsblad


JOLANDE WITHUIS (b. 1949) received the NOW Eureka Prize for her book about processing the traumas of the concentration camps,  After the Camp (2005). Her biography Be Manly, Be Strong (2008) about resistance fighter Pim Boellaard won the Libris History Prize and the Erik Hazelhoff Biography Prize. Her books Juliana (2016) and Father, A Puzzle (2018) were very well received by the press and became bestsellers. In 2018 Withuis gave the prestigious Huizinga-reading.

© Keke Keukelaar

Additional book information

  • Non-fiction
  • ISBN 9789403151014
  • Number of pages: 448
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €39,99
  • English translated reading available