Mance Post - In the picture

In over fifty years, illustrator Mance Post has assembled a multifaceted and recognisable body of work. She has drawn for many writers, but is best known for her delicate, sketched pencil drawings for the Madelief-stories by Guus Kuijer and the powerful linocuts for the philosophical animal stories by Toon Tellegen. In 2007, Post received the first Max Velthuijs Prize for her entire body of work. 

Hermance Berendina Post was born in 1925, and grew up in a family that read, played music and drew a lot. At secondary school, she took drawing lessons from painter Nico Baak and illustrator Piet Klaasse, with the latter continuing to guide her after graduating. Indeed, Klaasse's lessons were her only training in drawing. By the time she was 30, Post was presented with her first drawing assignment through good friend Simon Carmiggelt, and subsequently became an illustrator.  


Together with Fiep Westendorp and Jennie Dalenoord, she was one of the first illustrators to specialise in children's books. She uses all kinds of techniques: cut-and-paste work, coloured pencil, ripping, linocuts. However, the basis of any illustration is drawing, lots of drawing, and observing.