Impression of an Amsterdam sunset – 19-12-14

Impression of an Amsterdam sunset - 19-12-14


This is the pastel drawing of the prestudy I made in graphite a month before. I like the sun that sets not underneath the horizon but in a window somewhere in a cityscape. It always blinds us and I liked capturing such a moment.


Walking through cities I was wondering what the essence of a sunset in city would be. It is easy to tell from a landscape. The sun always is visible, through treelines or at full display. When in Amsterdam or any other city it struck me all of a sudden the setting sun can be present for a very short time in a window screen, lighting up the complete street in orange hues. Backlighted buildings often show purples and blues in return as a complementary counterbalance through the stimulation of the cones in your eyes. That was where this pastel drawing was all about.


Pastel drawing on Canson Mi-Teintes Touch paper (50 x 65 x 0.1 cm)

Artist: Corné Akkers

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About corneakkers

1969, born in Nijmegen. My work can be seen in many countries all over the world. I employ a variety of styles that all have one thing in common: the ever search for the light on phenomena and all the shadows and light planes they block in. My favorites in doing so are oil paint, dry pastel and graphite pencil. It is not the form or the theme that counts but the way planes of certain tonal quality vary and block in the lights. Colours are relatively unimportant and can take on whatever scheme. It is the tonal quality that is ever present in my work, creating the illusion of depth and mass on a flat 2d-plane. I combine figurative work with the search for abstraction because neither in extremo can provide the desired art statement the public expects from an artist. Besides all that, exaggeration and deviation is the standard and results in a typical use of a strong colour scheme and a hugh tonal bandwith, in order to create art that, when the canvas or paper would be torn into pieces, in essence still would be recognizable.

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