Saturday, 7 December 2013

Hans de Bruijn / Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko
Four Darks in Red
oil on canvas
259 × 295 cm
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Hans de Bruijn recognises the romantic artist’s attitude - painterly recreating a sublime perception in the paintings of Mark Rothko (1903-1970). He assigns a deep methaphysical dimension in his paintings by his very specific use of paint and color.
De Bruijn paints him after a photograph of the artist in his studio. Rothko’s monochrome composition is translated into air, water and beach. By the version from Hans de Bruijn, “Black on off-white and black and brownish grey” we see the dark figure of the artist trois quart from behind, as it where in conversation with space, and follow the direction in which he is looking. This image does make use of the “C.D. Friedrich effect”, leading the spectator into space of thick paint of subdued color clouds - melancholic contemplation.

Jetteke Bolten-Rempt, 2011

Hans de Bruijn (NL)
Black on off-white and black and brownish grey
oil on canvas
200 x 150 cm

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