Gerrit Benner was born in Leeuwarden in 1897. He is regarded as one of the most expressive painters of the Frisian landscape, a subject that, in addition to his iconic horsemen and horses, always comes back to his work.
Benner was a figurative painter, but due to the strong simplification of his landscapes, much of his work is close to the abstract. From his rugged painting style and his intense color palette speaks a great involvement with his subjects. Benner, who was an autodidact, worked almost in isolation, closed off from external influences.
After the war, he came into contact with Constant and Karel Appel, among others, and he recognized himself in their work. Still, Benner continued to follow his own feelings, which crystallized is a unique and unique visual language.