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Barend Blankert

Green Chair in the Studio, 2000

This comfy-looking green chair was actually in the studio of Barend Blankert (1941). The warm light from the left lends the work an amiable air, in contrast with most of the other works by the artist in Museum MORE’s collection. They often feature sombre interiors with solitary men. For his figure ... paintings, interiors and still lifes, Blankert usually opts for relatively large formats. He bases his works on observations from his direct surroundings, and also on memories. The meticulously positioned figures (often self-portraits), furniture and other objects are thought out down to the minutest detail. His work shines thanks to its somewhat melancholic, alienating atmosphere, which encourages reflection. From 1960 to 1963, Blankert attended the Rijksnormaalschool ter Opleiding van Tekenleraren, a teacher training school for drawing, in Amsterdam. He lectured at the Academie Vredeman de Vries in Leeuwarden from 1966 to 1972, and from 1971 to 1992, he lectured at the Minerva Academy in Groningen. Early in his career, Blankert was heavily influenced by Neorealists from the interwar period, such as Pyke Koch (1901-1991) and Wim Schuhmacher (1894-1986).
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Barend Blankert
Green Chair in the Studio
Oil on canvas
128 x 156 cm (h x w)
Type of object
© Barend Blankert

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