Signed and numbered limited edition print ‘Dear een statushouder zijn handen wast’


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Product Description

Introducing our exclusive limited edition print, the winning masterpiece from the renowned Dutch television program ‘The New Vermeer’ in the ‘Free Category’ of its first episode. Displayed at the prestigious Museum Prinsenhof Delft from March 20 to June 4, 2023, this exceptional artwork is now available for art enthusiasts and collectors.


Crafted with utmost care and dedication, only 5 signed and numbered prints (along with 3 artist prints) will be hand-printed in August. You have the option to choose between the exquisite Wengzhou paper or the premium Hahnemuhle 400 grams paper for your print.


To enhance its presentation, the Wengzhou paper edition will be expertly mounted on a board with an invisible frame, providing a 2 cm space between the artwork and your wall. This careful arrangement ensures an exquisite and captivating display.


By acquiring this print, you become a patron of this extraordinary project, supporting the artist’s efforts and covering the time and expenses invested. For further details or to place an order, kindly reach out to us at

Print Details:
65/75 cm
Edition: Limited to 5 prints
Material: Oil-based block print ink on Wengzhou paper or Hahnemuhle 400 grams paper
Shipping: Due to the value of the work it’s best to make an appointment and pick the work up from my studio, Hemonylaan 24, Amsterdam. Shipping and shipping insurance can be arranged, but please note that they will come with an additional fee.


Be a part of this remarkable journey and own a piece of art that signifies talent, dedication, and triumph over adversity. Discover more about the TV program controversy and its stance on ‘supporting’ the winning artists through the following articles:
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The story behind the print
Immerse yourself in the profound narrative behind this artwork by reading the story of how I envisioned Vermeer’s portrayal of my refugee woodcut project, ‘A Paper Monument for the Paperless,’ in the press release below.


Museum prinsenhof, Hester Schölvinck en Ellen Borger met winnend werk de nieuwe vermeer : himmelsbachI
“Museum Prinsenhof, Hester Schölvinck, and Ellen Borger with the winning artwork ‘Khalid washes his hands’.”


Press Release


Amsterdam, February 12, 2023


Social artist Himmelsbach wins Omroep MAX TV contest ‘The New Vermeer’


Himmelsbach (1983) won the TV contest ‘The New Vermeer’ on Sunday, Feb. 12, with his surprising interpretation of Johannes Vermeer’s lost work, “A nobleman washing his hands. / Dear een seigneur zijn handen wast.” Himmelsbach has reinterpreted Vermeer’s work in a unique and surprising way by depicting the contemporary dilemma of a status holder, supported by Vermeer’s stylistic elements.


In Himmelbach’s work, “A status holder washes his hands” we see Khalid, who finally has a residence permit after 16 years of illegality. He washes his hands to show his good intentions to his daughter’s mother in hopes of being allowed to see his daughter again. Himmelsbach executed the work as a woodcut, printed on 400-gram Hahnemühle paper. In order to emphasize the conceptual approach, Himmelsbach omitted the further use of color.


Himmelsbach is known for his social artworks and guerrilla interventions with, for example, his project “A Paper Monument for the Paperless. His work is part of the collections of the Sittard-based De Domijnen Museum and the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. He has exhibited in Berlin, Brussels, Ghent and New York, among other places. Recently, Himmelsbach won the Museum Het LAM’s Art Entrepreneur Award.


A public secret
What the program does not show the audience is that Himmelsbach began the TV contest as a playful kickoff by appealing to a psychic who said he was in contact with Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer explained that the lost work “A Noble Man Washing His Hands” no longer existed and that the inspiration and resonance of his work in the present time were most important to his quest. At this, Himmelsbach decided to portray a status holder with Vermeer’s blessing.



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