Liesbeth Hagen

about myself

Après une carrière d’orfèvre et un séjour de dix ans en Scandinavie, Liesbeth Hagen, de retour aux Pays-Bas, s’inscrit à l’Académie Royale des Arts où elle choisit la filière peinture libre. Puis elle travaille en tant que réalisatrice de documentaires pour la télévision néerlandaise (notamment AVRO Close up, art & culture) et internationale.

Alors qu’elle vivait à Amsterdam, la nature lui a manqué et elle a déménagé en France à la campagne, et dispose d’un grand espace pour travailler dans son bel atelier. La nature est son inspiration principale, elle peint avec tendresse, sensibilité et force la beauté de la nature qui l’entoure.

Le dynamisme de ses peintures s’inscrit dans la continuité de son travail cinématographique. Bien que le mouvement joue un rôle très différent dans les films par rapport aux images fixes, l’influence de son travail cinématographique est visible dans ses peintures. Elle travaille de plus en plus les images en gros plan et en mouvement.

Liesbeth Hagen s’exprime aussi par la sculpture. Elle utilise des matériaux trouvés dans la forêt qu’elle combine avec d’autres matériaux, tels que le fer et la pierre pour créer des sujets, des formes originales et libres.

Hagen est membre de Atelier Néerlandais de l’ambassade du Royaume des Pays Bas.



After a career as a goldsmith and a ten-year stay in Scandinavia, Liesbeth Hagen returned to the Netherlands and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts, where she chose to study Free painting.
Then she worked also as a documentary film-maker for Dutch television (AVRO Close up, art & culture) and internationally.

While living in Amsterdam, she missed nature and moved to the French countryside, where she has a large space to work in her beautiful studio. Nature is her main inspiration, and she paints with tenderness, sensitivity and strength the beauty of the nature around her.

The dynamism of her paintings is in line with her cinematographic work. Although movement plays a very different role in films compared to still images the influence of her cinematographic work is visible in her paintings. She increasingly works with close-up and movement.

LiesbethHagen also expresses herself through sculpture. She uses materials found in the forest combined with other materials, such as iron and stone to create original and free forms.

Hagen is a member of the Atelier Néérlandais of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Paris.


I have been engaged in various forms of art from a very young age.

After working as a goldsmith and living in Denmark and Sweden for 10 years, I returned to the Netherlands, where I started painting and attending the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. After that I worked as a documentary film maker. I made documentaries about art and culture for Dutch television, including AVRO Close Up, and a coproduction with TRT, Turkey. 

As a result of my experience in painting I paid a lot of attention in my films to framing and colour.

While living in Amsterdam, I felt I missed nature and so I relocated to France where I could live in the countryside and have a studio to paint in.

The urgency of the environmental crisis has inspired me to reflect the beauty of nature in my paintings.
In ‘Remembrance of the North’ I wanted to depict the silence of the Swedish landscape, in ‘Where the sky meets the water’ the clouds are reflected in the lake, and in ‘Clear water’, you can see the fish in the pond. In these nature paintings I depict the atmosphere and peace of nature, but current events also prompted me to make more political work. Here, the mise en scène comes more into focus. These paintings feel like a continuity of my film work, because I am working more on movement. These are larger paintings (1.30 x 1.10 m) with refugees as the subject. I also make sculptures on the same subject matter.

Curriculum Vitae


1668-1972 Specialist school for gold- and silver smith
1982-1983 Free Academy, department of painting
1984-1987 Royal Academy, The Hague,  department of painting
1987 Free Academy, Audio visual department
1988 Workshop ‘Experimental film and sources of sound’ at the Royal Conservatory,The Hague
1989 Workshop ‘The language of image and sound’ at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague
1990 NOB training ‘production/director assistance’ at the Centre for broadcasting Media Academy ‘Santbergen’, Hilversum
1992 NOB training ‘directing for documentaries’ at the Centre for broadcasting Media Academy ‘Santbergen’, Hilversum  

Work experience

1968-1972 Studio / shop for gold- and silver jewellery Amsterdam
1972-1983 Lived in Denmark and Sweden during this period.
1985-1993 Returned to the Netherlands. Part-time employee at Stichting Haags Filmhuis.
Short film ‘La belle Helene et son double’ was screened during the John Cage festival
1989 Research and synopsis for a programme series on the arts policy in the cities of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague for the broadcaster Kunstkanaal in Rotterdam
1990 Assistant decor for the Meatball production Opera Kino by Rien Hagen
1992 Research, scenario and director of ‘The man in the aquarium’ (20 min.) The film was broadcasted by the Dutch Television, RVU on 7 July 1993 and repeated on 23 February 1994. The film was also acquired by television broadcaster ARD, Germany
Co-founder of the LUCA Film  foundation
1993 Design and director of an information film about the Juliana Children’s Hospital and as well children’s film for this hospital. Production of LUCA Film Foundation.
1997 Exhibition with jewellery in Het Klokkenmuseum, Utrecht. Painting purchased for the Clingendael Institute
1994 Research, scenario and director of the film ‘Four plans for the Van der Vennepark’ (20 min.) for the municipality of The Hague. The production is a presentation of four additional designs for the Van der Vennepark designed by Alvaro Siza. Production LUCA Film Foundation
Research and synopsis for a presentation on the new design for the Museumplein, designed by the Danish landscape architect Sven Ingvar Andersson. Production Open Studio, Amsterdam
1996 Research for the purchase of youth programmes in Denmark for the Dutch television, IKON
1997 Director film adaptation of the play ‘The man, the city and the book’ (60 min.) by the Handtheater for the theater festival in de Balie, Amsterdam. Production Handtheater
1998 Gave lessons in landscape drawing in Agnano, Italy
1999 Storyboard, camera direction and live camera (2 hours) for the multimedia production ‘Quelli que restano’ by composer Jan van de Putte. The piece was performed in ten theaters in the Netherlands.
2000 Research, scenario and director of ‘Behouden Vaart’ (50 min.) a documentary about the purpose of making ship models, for Close-up of the AVRO, Dutch television.
Text and design ‘Turia met haar vette handjes en bevertandjes’, a children’s series of six episodes (6 x 5 min.)
2001 Research, scenario an director of the film ‘Zipper’ (60 min.) in which music is translated into sign language. The film has been shown in the Remise (Hallen), Amsterdam
Production LUCA Film Foundation/Talking Hands
2002 Research and synopsis for ‘The Game Card’
Research for a documentary for what the Ottoman sultan’s harem actually was and how it was depicted in Western art and literature
2003 Storyboard and scenario ‘The Imagined harem’
2004 Radio music programme ‘Women with power, in the harem of the sultan’ for VPRO radio. Duration 56 min.
2005-2007 Director documentary ‘The Imagined harem’ (52 min.) for Close-up of the AVRO, Dutch Television in co-production with the TRT, Turkey. The film has been shown twice on Dutch Television, Ned. 1 and in Turkey, on Al Jazeera and the cinema de Uitkijk in Amsterdam, and has been purchased by Australian television.
Radio music programme ‘Magda Olivero, the last verisme soprano, part 1’ for VPRO radio. Duration 56 min.
Radio music programme ‘Magda Olivero, the last verisme soprano, part 2’ for VPRO radio. Duration 56 min.
From 2008 onwards

Information film for Cultural Centre Helmond 20 min.
Renovation of a house in France in which a painter’s studio has an important place.
2024 Member of Atelier Néerlandais of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Paris.