It must have been around 1990 when I first heard about Reinoud van Vught. Not because I saw work of him, but because during that period I met marc Mulders and because of a publication we were selling by Mulders in which the other painters of the Tilburgse School were included I, for the first time, some work by van Vught. (Geelen, van Dongen and Zuurmond are the other painters from the Tilburgse School).
What makes van Vught and Mulders stand out for me is that their works from a distance are realistic, but…..come close by and they transform into pure abstract works of art. Powerful, paintings and drawings. In these works, many natural elements find their way into its composition. Flowers, branches, animals and birds are present. The tree trunks and branches have found their way in a series of oil paintings on paper which was presented at the Museum ‘t Coopmanhus in Franeker in May/June 2000.
Another short blog on one of the most important art collectives in the Netherlands. The importance of the “De Tilburgse School” school is growing more and more by the year. Marc Mulders , Paul van Dongen, Guido Geelen, Reinoud van Vught and Ronald Zuurmond are recognized as being of great importance to dutch modern art. Some years ago i wrote another blog on DE TILBURGSE SCHOOL , explaining their art was rooted within religion, but more and more they are liberating themselves from religious themes. The catalogue which was published by Delta Lloyd on the occasion of the 2002 exhibition shows this in an excellent way. The catalogue is not that thick. Only 28 pages , but it is a beautifully designed book by Maarten Meevis, printed by the quality printers of Lecturis, Making this a highly collectable and important exhibition catalogue.
Soutine is what you call an artists artist. Somebody who fame grew because of the admirations of his contemporary artists. For me personally stands for three moments in time . All related to art. The first was a moment i witnessed the auction of a Soutine painting in the mid Seventies nad i was amazed because it fetched an unexpected serious high bid, The second was when i read the spectacular story by Roald Dahl. The one in which a sailor is tatooed on his back by Soutine and an art dealer who tries to obtain this painting and last the timne i visited a dutch gallery and saw a painting of a dead ox by Marc Mulders and it instantly reminded of the Soutine paintings i had seen at one time. ( left Soutine/ right Marc Mulders)
Now i finally have another Soutine catalogue available. Soutine publications are scarce and this one is once again part of my inventory . Now it is for sale at www.ftn-books.com . This is the first one i found in the last 10 years.
de Tilburgse School is the tile of a book with text by Geurt Imanse, former curator of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. De Tilburgse School has proven to be one of the most important new groups of Modern Art painters in the Netherlands.
Who are members of the Tilburgse School?. ..The painters that form this group are :
Marc Mulders, Reinoud van Vught, Guido Geelen, Paul van Dongen, Ronald Zuurmond.
Personally i think Marc Mulders is one of the most gifted painters in the Netherlands and his works always fascinate me, but do not neglect the works from the others…. in many cases they are equally interesting.
What makes these painters stand out? …true craftmanship and the search for new ways in expressing themselves and it shows in the books i have on all these artists at www.ftn-books.com
Last weeks book market visit brought me a beautiful publication by marc Mulders. No #1 in his archive series. The book is now for sale at a very reasonable price at http://www.ftn-books.com, but for those that are not interested in a hard copy….Marc Mulders has made this publication available on his site in PDF. People following know of my love for the works by Mulders, but with this very nice publication he proves once more that he is one of the most intriguing modern artist in the Netherlands. Here is the link to the PDF file
Eugène Leroy is a too long forgotten French Abstract painter who has a unique style of his own. Born in 1910 he witnessed the coming of age of abstract painting and developed a form of abstract painting which is seen among painters in later decades. I do not know if the dutch Marc Mulders is influenced by Eugène Leroy, but when you compare both their paintings you can see similarities in the use of the paint and colors. Grey, brown and spots of brighter colors are typical for both in their early works.
Leroy was presented with a solo exhibition in the van Abbemuseum in 1988 and it was probably the last exhibition Rudi Fuchs curated for the van Abbemuseum before he became director at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Personally i think Leroy his paintings are a little bit too much, but undoubtedly he will become more and more appreciated and known outside France. His style is unique and his paintings are true classics from France from the last century. www.ftn-books.com has some catalogues available.
Chosen as artist of the year in 2017 , Marc Mulders has proven to be among the best in the dutch art scene . A multi talent to whom i devoted a blog over a year ago in which i showed the complete set of a TRAVEL TO ROME I
But Marc Mulders is much more than the complete artists he is. Glas, paint, paper all these materials that he uses do not have any secrets anymore for the multi talented artist he is. He always surprises with his works of art. Some times his work is raw and bloody and at other times it is outright sweet and lovely.
He seeks contrasts within his work but there is one constant given in his works and that is his religion. Mulders is a Catholic and a faithful believer and the respect he has for nature and his religion shows in his works. There is one other artist that i admire and who has the same attitude towards his religion in relation to his art and that is Janpeter Muilwijk ….( see blog tomorrow).
And of course when you admire an artist you collect a nice collection of his publications. These are ao available at www.ftn-books.com
Exceptional talent, a great dutch artist and one of the greats in Dutch Modern Art. Andriesse died at the age of 35 in 1993 and left us some very impressive works of art. His most important themes were flowers and skulls. The equivalent for him of life and death. Admirer of Salvador Dali, educated at the Ateliers 63, he soon became one of the most talented young artists in the Netherlands. He did not want to paint abstract paintings and chose for realism instead. Flowers and skulls being the centre of his works but also, lobsters, shells and apes. All his subjects were related to nature around us and he made wonderful paintings out of them. A large archive can be found on the internet at http://www.erikandriesse.nl
One of his techniques was to paint animals and use dead models to paint/draw them as accurately as possible. There is a nice video on YouTube in which Marc Mulders and Erik Andriesse discuss this technique and some footage is shown while Erik is at work. A tremendous artist of whom some books are available at www.ftn-books.com
On the Andriesse site there is a nice text by Marlene Dumas in which she describes the works by Andriesse and concludes that not all of his works are naturalistic:
Nightmares of Beauty
Once upon a time there lived a boy called Erik Andriesse, who distinguished himself from the passionless people around him by glowing in the dark. Now the country he lived in was a quite dark. Artists however would talk about the extraordinary light in that country.
During the 80’s all the artists were interested in the artificiality of life. A picture of a flower was much more interesting than the flower itself. Very few people still believed that everything that existed was part of nature itself. People lived in cities. Artists lived in their studios. Places filled with books, bottles and talk about art and artists and what was relevant and what was not.
And they forgot to love…
But Erik was aware of the fire that eats at the heart, while the clock ticks at night. The shortage of time, the repetitive movements of desire, the energy of the body watched by death. Flowers larger than life, dreams larger than life.
Nightmares of beauty.
He was ignored by the calculators, whose blood did not rise, when they saw his exotic death-dances on paper, but he continued on his own impatient way. Erik is not a conceptual artist. Erik is not an associative artist. He is not interested in displaying the cultural-historical aspects of his subject-matter. But Erik is also not the naturalist he seems to be. He even shows similarities (at times) to Spiderman, the comic-strip hero. Erik is not a cultural barbarian or a primitive. He reflects on the good, the bad and the ugly of the artworld and the synthetic problems of painting.
In 1989 Marc Mulders published a Travel to rome part 1. For me it was the starting point to follow Mulders as an artist. We met shortly after i visited the Picaron editions stand and made an appointment with Marc Mulders to see if we could collaborate and present his publications in the Museumshop of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. I still remember where we met and shortly after this meeting publications by Mulders were sold in the Museumshop of the Gemeentemuseum. This one I bought for myself because i was so impressed with the photographs and original ballpoint drawings in this portfolio. I do not not know anything about the size of this edition, but every portfolio must be different because of the original drawings which are included.
From that date on i followed Mulders and was impressed with his painting which looks “rough” but has such finesse in technique and result that one can only admire Mulders. The DE PONT museum in Tilburg has probably the largest collection of Mulders and they even have another copy of the A TRAVEL TO ROME, so you can get an excellent impression of the works by Mulder and see how he evolved during the last 3 decades.
To give the best impression of this classic Mulders publication i photographed all its pages and you can see for yourself why this Mulders is such an important publication.
Of course there are many more publications by Marc Mulders and for those that are interested take a look at my site: www.ftn-books.com
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20