Dark overcast skies are more common in the Netherlands or England than in antiquity, from where this statue of the Grecian goddess appears to originate. This scene is not true to life, but in contrast to Willink’s early painting The Silver Wedding, here he ‘montaged’ the various visual elements into... a seemingly realistic whole. The textures are also painted convincingly. Critics conjecture that the scene’s ominous air symbolises ‘The Decline of the West’, as charted by philosopher Oswald Spengler.
Text: Chris Reinewald
From: Museum MORE: 100 jaar realisme, 2020, Gorssel