Nicole van Goethem (1941-2000) is a draughtswoman, cartoonist and animator. In 1987 she wins the first and only Belgian Oscar with her debut film Een Griekse Tragedie (A Greek Tragedy). van Goethem participates in several animated film productions in the seventies and eighties before making three short animated films: A Greek Tragedy (1985), Vol van Gratie (1987) and L.A.T. (released posthumously in 2002). She wins prizes with Een Griekse Tragedie (A Greek Tragedy, 1985) and makes a name for herself at home and abroad. She works on commission and provides socially critical but often humorous illustrations for numerous books, magazines and advertising campaigns. Nicole van Goethem has a preference for initiatives based on humanistic ideas and explores themes and issues such as human rights, the pension system and the role of women in society.


This ensemble gives an overview of illustrations made by Nicole van Goethem for books, magazines, newspapers, cards, brochures, posters and other media. van Goethem spent the last decade of her life working mainly on commission, both as an animator and illustrator. She illustrated several books, often with a social theme. Among others, she illustrated books by the Flemish politician Leona Detiège (Taking care of tomorrow: a pension guide for the self-employed and When a woman's work is done: a pension guide for women) and University of Antwerp Rector, Josse van Steenberge (Pushing Boundaries and Social Security Illustrated). In addition to that, she worked on commission for a variety of magazines, such as the literary magazine De Brakke Hond, theTijdschrift voor Ruimtelijke ordening, Omgeving en Stedenbouw [Spatial Planning, Environment and Urban Development Magazine](TROS) and the women's magazines Elga (1990-1992) and Feeling (1992-1993). She also created illustrations for the Antwerp police ‘Ik flik? Bangelijk!campaign in 1994. Lastly, she was also responsible for designing posters, brochures, New Year's and Christmas cards commissioned by the University of Antwerp, Kinepolis and Electrabel, among others, as well as a calendar commissioned by the Vooruitziende Socialistische Vrouwen [Progressive Socialist Women] (1996).