Saturday 26 November 2022

Annemieke Alberts / Van Ruysdael-Bacon-Piranesi


In short, my work is about the suggestion of spatiality that I want to render as clearly as possible with paint on a canvas. With difficulty, I made a selection of very diverse greats including musicians and composers in both classical, jazz and pop fields. In this blog, I have limited myself to three visual artists from art history. 

Jacob van Ruysdael

View of Haarlem with bleaching fields


oil on canvas

62,2 × 55,2 cm

Annemieke Alberts 

True colours


acrylic and oil on canvas

100 x 120 cm



There are paintings that are ingrained in the collective memory of most art lovers and artists. You know them so well that you don’t actually look closely anymore. But then suddenly you can see a work from a different perspective. For example, when you are looking for solutions to a substantive problem with a new work. At that time, I was searching for another way to give form to spatiality.

This is how I rediscovered the work of Jacob van Ruysdael: 'Gezicht op Haarlem met bleekvelden'. It was on the cover of an artbook. Suddenly I saw it with different eyes. The way in which he emphasizes the vastness of the landscape in the painting and takes you as a viewer via the bleaching fields to the horizon is obvious but surprising at the same time. They lie like illuminated refuge hills inviting you to rest for a moment before you move on to what is to be experienced in the distance.


It inspires me how you can see that feature almost as an abstract form within an otherwise figurative and realistic painting. It has encouraged me to make use of similar forms in my work. Shapes that in another context could be seen as abstractly geometric but now can act as a resting point between everything that is happening in and with the paint concerning layering, handwriting, movement. Independent of any representation. It has also encouraged me not to distinguish between abstract or figuration. 

What also struck me was the beauty of silence in the work. Something I am always looking for in my work as well. Beauty that touches you, something that transcends opinions about what art should be.

Francis Bacon

In memory of George Dyer


oil on canvas

each panel 198 x 147,5 cm

Francis Bacon

Man in Blue


oil on canvas

197 x 135 cm

Annemieke Alberts

The view


acrylic and oil on canvas

120 x 150 cm



Someone who applied this fact frequently in his somewhat later work is Francis Bacon. If you were to leave aside the fact that his work is precisely about people, but look purely at how he renders his figures (forms) with a firm stroke, and where paint is allowed to be matter, and in addition places densely painted abstract forms to indicate space, then there is also (in addition to the interesting subjects) on the formal plane much to experience. What touches me in his work is the inability of his portrayed figures to relate to their surroundings. The inner struggle has turned inside out in my experience.


Untitled (called The Drawbridge)

plate VII (of 16) from the series The Imaginary Prisons (Le Carceri d'Invenzione)


etching with engraving

54,6 x 41,6 cm

Annemieke Alberts

U.S.O. unidentified standing objects 


acrylic and oil on canvas 

160 x 180 cm



In Piranesi’s work I recognize the fascination with complex and layered spaces. Spaces that evoke confusion because they give the impression of being impossible in reality. With the difference that Piranesi’s work is graphic and composed of lines. I also often paint away complex pieces that are still visible under the top layer, and his work is much more detailed than mine.

In this painting (U.S.O), previously painted spaces under the top layer are still more or less visible.


Annemieke Alberts, 2022

Saturday 12 November 2022

Alexandra Roozen / George Seurat

George Seurat

Jeune fille: Étude pour Un Dimanche à la Grande Jatte


conté crayon on paper

31,2 x 16,2 cm

George Seurat

The gateway


conte crayon on paper

24,8 × 32,2 cm

George Seurat

Madame Seurat, the Artist’s Mother


conté crayon on Michallet paper

30,5 x 22,9 cm




"French artist Georges Seurat (b. 1859; d. 1891), the pioneer of the Pointillist pictorial movement, took drawing to new heights that ensured him a place among the great masters of the technique. […] Something apparently so simple as a piece of paper acquires great transcendence in Seurat’s drawings, as it becomes an element that determines the work in a certain way. The artist feels the material to the point where he makes it talk. What distinguishes great masters is this knowledge of the support, which Seurat almost brings alive, allowing it to absorb exactly the right amount of Conté in each case to create lights, volumes, and contrasts.”


Curators Guggenheim/Bilbao: Lucía Agirre and Judith Benhamou

Alexandra Roozen

Two Tone series


pencil, paper

160 x 120 cm

Alexandra Roozen (NL)

Two Tone series


pencil, paper

35 x 25 cm