Saturday, 20 June 2015

Dick van Berkum 1 / Ad Reinhardt-Gustave Courbet

Ad Reinhardt
Abstract Painting

Gustave Courbet
Autoportrait sous forme d'une pipe
(Courbet, sans idéal et sans religion)

Beside many others Ad Reinhardt "accompanied" me for many years during the 1970ies and 80ies.
I liked his paintings from the 1950ies and early 60ies as well as his cartoons and writings.
In the late years of his life his paintings became black: “no realism, no impressionism, no expressionism… no texture, no brushwork, no sketching or drawing, no forms, no designs, no calm, no light, no space, no time, no size or scale, no movement, no object, no subject.”
A great challenge and opportunity for a new start in my view. My painting from 1993 is a selfportrait. It's me in the studio, watching the change of light and colors on a sunny afternoon.
Dick van Berkum, 2015

Dick van Berkum (NL)
Made in Holland (Sunlight in the Studio)
acrylic, pencil and oil on canvas
140 x 280 cm

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