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.


(c)Nicole van Goethem, scan: M HKA, 2020
10 muizen, 1987
Drawing , 29.7 x 21 cm
potlood op papier

Actress and bosom friend An Nelissen knows those little mice in love very well: “That little mouse that you regularly see in her drawings, a little shy, chronically in love… that was she, that was Nicole herself. That way she herself was present in her work, and you could see how she viewed her subject. She was not a dogmatic feminist, but a free woman who never forgot that about half of the population is male. Even then she was like an Elf from Rivendell: sweet and peaceful, but always close by with a bow and arrow. ”