Friday, 31 January 2014

Aart Houtman / Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse
The Pink Studio
oil on canvas
181 x 221 cm

At the age of 14, I understood that a painting above all is a world of paint on canvas. This became clear to me after seeing the works of Matisse.
Now, over 40 years later, the same Matisse plays such an important role again. My 'Atelierschilderij (Studio Painting)' is composed of completed and unfinished paintings, old and new work, and work that I will make in 2044. Yet such a painting existed 100 years ago: 'The Pink Studio' from 1911.


Aart Houtman ( NL )
Atelierschilderij (Studio Painting)
285.5 x 200 cm
[This painting has its own blog :]

My view that paintings are never alone, but rather are part of a larger context, is not shown only with my own work. A 18th-century group portrait of Cornelis Troost may just become part of a collage, combined with my group portrait of the 20th-century. That the 'edges' shown in the collage are broken, shows among other things that group portraits are created in the 16th century as well as in the 22nd century...
Aart Houtman, 2014

Aart Houtman (NL)
Atelierschilderij [Collage Soepkeuken] (Studio Painting [Soup Kitchen Collage])
ca 400 x 300 cm
Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft
[photo Aart Houtman]

oil on canvas, 71,7 x 58,5 cm (by Cornelis Troost, framed; 1723)
oil on canvas, 215 x 140 cm (1988)
photo paper on canvas on chipboard, 70 x 50 cm (2013)
acrylic, acrylic paper on prepared linen, 18 x 24 cm (2013)
acrylic on various plastic panels (2013)
acrylic on different sizes of paper (2013)
[More info about this collage:]


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