Liesbeth Heenk

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Dutch art historian with a PhD on Van Gogh's drawings. Having worked at Christie's in London and at Sotheby's in Amsterdam, I set up my business as independent cultural entrepreneur, author and publisher in 2009.

I specialize in publishing e-books for museums and art lovers. All my e-books are based on the 'Read Before You Look' concept: you will have a better museum experience when you read about the works on view in advance, especially if this information is provided in a simple and engaging way. See:

Smashwords Interview

Liesbeth, are you an author or a publisher?
I have written several books myself and recently also started to publish others. Some of my books have been published by a traditional publisher, but when I discovered self-publishing in December 2012 I was hooked! Since then I have been writing, editing and publishing.
What type of subjects are you dealing with?
As an art historian specialized in Van Gogh I wrote a few e-books in the series 'Secrets of Van Gogh'. Much to my delight, the very first one "The 1-Hour van Gogh Book" was a best-seller with thousands of downloads! This was obviously very stimulating, so I decided to write more.

Unfortunately, I am a rather slow writer. My second book for instance, 'Van Gogh's Inner Struggle' cost me eight months to write. That is why I also started to publish other authors. Few people know how the self-publishing process works, so they can benefit from my experiences. I published several books on Amsterdam museums in the series 'Amsterdam Museum Ebooks', such as "The New Rijksmuseum", a great guide that one can read before going to the museum. It sells like hot cakes!

Together with Rembrandt specialist Michiel Kersten I produced the e-book 'Rembrandt - De Etser', an interesting and very exciting project. In the book he reveals the hidden beauty of Rembrandt's etchings. A most enjoyable read!
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Where to find Liesbeth Heenk online

Where to buy in print

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Rembrandt Etchings - Looking at Rembrandt's Prints
Price: $5.97 USD. Words: 14,690. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014 by Liesbeth Heenk. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
In his day, Rembrandt was better known as an etcher than a painter. Looking at his prints requires a little time and patience from the viewer, but the rewards are well worth the effort. This richly illustrated e-book will guide you on your visual journey of discovery, and allow you to see why Rembrandt was the greatest of all seventeenth century printmakers.
Rembrandt - De Etser. Kijken naar Rembrandt in Teylers Museum
Price: $5.44 USD. Words: 12,040. Language: Dutch. Published: September 9, 2013 by Liesbeth Heenk. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Rembrandt - De Etser. Kijken naar Rembrandt in Teylers Museum biedt een visuele verkenningstocht waarin de geheimen van Rembrandts etsen worden ontrafeld. Op heldere wijze, en zonder gebruik van vakjargon, geeft Michiel Kersten de lezer als het ware een kijkje achter de schermen van Rembrandts grafiek. Door goed te leren kijken ontvouwen zich de geheimen van Rembrandts etsen zich een voor een.


Rijksmuseum Amsterdam : Les chefs-d'oeuvre. De Rembrandt, Vermeer et Frans Hals à Van Gogh
Series: Amsterdam Museum E-Books. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,620. Language: French. Published: March 18, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Un ouvrage richement illustré comportant les œuvres phares de toutes les époques présentées dans le Rijksmuseum d’Amsterdam. Ses espaces ont récemment fait l’objet de travaux de modernisation et de restauration. Un guide parfait pour préparer votre visite, et qui vous fera reconnaître et apprécier à coup sûr les chefs-d’œuvre du musée : Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Van Gogh.
Van Goghs Vrouwen: Tragische Liefdes door Nienke Bos en Liesbeth Heenk
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,860. Language: Dutch. Published: January 4, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
Van Gogh koesterde altijd het verlangen naar een vrouw bij wie hij liefde en aandacht kon vinden en die hem de geborgenheid van een gezin zou geven. Zij zou ook een belangrijke rol bij zijn kunstenaarschap vervullen. Verschillende vrouwen passeren de revue: een rouwende weduwe, een zwangere prostituee, een labiele buurvrouw en een café eigenaresse. Alle relaties waren tot mislukken gedoemd.

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