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Carel Willink

Bathers, 1930

Bathers by Carel Willink (1900-1983) shows two naked women, one standing and the other sitting. Both are rather stocky . The background is blurred, but the sand-coloured underside with blue above suggest a beach. The work is reminiscent of the Neo-classical works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (18...81-1973), produced in Paris in the early 1920s: also featuring voluptuous female figures, based on examples from the Italian Renaissance. In 1926-1927, Willink spent six months in Paris, where it was difficult to escape Picasso’s influence. Following in the footsteps of Picasso a few years earlier, Willink distanced himself from his ‘modern’ period and settled definitively on Realism. Shortly after, Willink fell under the spell of the desolate streets and squares of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978), whose work would ultimately lead him to his own, cool style.
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Artist
Carel Willink
Title
Bathers
Year
1930
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
39.5 x 32.5 cm (h x w)
Type of object
Painting
Copyright
© Pictoright/Sylvia Willink

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