I liked the triangular position of the model’s body and put her in an Egyptian scenery, thinking of my roundism style relating to hieroglyphics and Egyptian arts in general. I always liked the intense need for styling and I consider the depictions of the human body by the old Egyptians to be one of mankind’s greatest achievements.
When I go to teach at Studio Brugman, atVoorburg I often come across The Dome (De Koepel), situated in the middle of estate ‘Vreugd en Rust’. When I saw the autumn sun burst through the trees I saw the link to the ‘inner necessity’ felt by people like Alexej von Jawlensky and Kadinsky from the ‘Blaue Reiter’ movement. 1 + 1 equals two and that very sun and the exhibition I visited last Sunday at the Gemeentemuseum where I saw all his works, culmunated into this piece, rather expressionistic of nature, in which I expressed my inner necessity.
This drawing is all about the aquatic qualities of the body of a woman. I feel it to be a privilege to look at female buttocks being part of my professional behaviour as an artist but my interests stretch beyond the erotic. To me art is all about seeing one thing in another and thus I saw a beautiful wave figure coming from the model’s left elbow, inspiring me to put more in. I also discovered dolphins and to complete it I put a golden ratio-based shell on top of her head, turning her into some kind of sea goddess. Perhaps a new Boticelli’s Venus?
When I was looking at the reference picture of Angie Dickinson my colleague at Studio Brugman, Gilbert said her face looked almost chiseled like a statue. I often search for old pictures like that. I find them so much better than many contemporary ones, due to the dramatic tonal bandwith that let the portrayed strike a sound pose. My job was to poor the facial features into a sort of graphite concrete while at the same time preserve the beautiful female features of a great star.
Last week I went to visit Museum Kranenburgh at Bergen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. I knew ‘Het Oude Hof’ was just around the corner, a place often portrayed by the artists of the ‘Bergense School’, a group of painters of, among others, Leo Gestel, Elsa Berg, Mommie Schwartz, Jaap Weijland, Jan Toorop and Jan Sluyters. After the stay at the museum I search for the Hof in the woods across the street and there it was. I decided to do the drawing rather impressionistically with rough hatched strokes, paying tribute to the expressionistic character of that artistic group of 100 years ago.
I am not sure what I thought about her, except for her strong personality. I sometimes liked her paintings and then I didn’t. What I have in common with her is that we both are autodidacts and that we like(d) to go our own way in life. Somehow I always come across her once in a while and that is why I decided to draw her. I saw a lovely – rare – nude photograph and thought I’d include her in my sans titre / roundism series.
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