Herman Smorenburg

Or, as the great symbolist George Frederic Watts once said: "Profoundly deep in the human mind exists a spiritual yearning dependent on no special creed, questions by nature left without response, yearnings the most perfect knowledge of material things will never stifle. The true prophet, be his language prose or poem, art or music, can transport to regions where earth takes its place among the stars and something beyond of heaven's infinity seems borne upon the air". Any form of art, be it painting, poem or symphony, can be the bearer of this heavenly presence, just as any of the senses may function as a channel between this "angelic" presence and our souls. Sometimes, though, art greatly confronts us with the unexplored and hidden parts of our inner world, as if the mysterious angel has ascended from hell. It makes us realize that birth into light is sometimes preceded by descent into darkness.

It was notably Johfra who in turn made a choice for the term psychic realism, who made an overwhelming impression upon Herman Smorenburg and certainly determined  the beginning of his artistic drive. During a great review- exhibition in the Tate gallery in London he was introduced to the art of the Pre-Raphaelites, which remained a great source of  inspiration for him. In particular the craftsmanship and the poetic expressiveness of these English masters compelled his admiration.