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Carel Willink

Tate Gallery Relocated, 1970

Carel Willink (1900-1983) always painted in his studio, never outdoors. He preferred to find the statues, houses, animals, landscapes and overcast skies in photographs, either browsing through magazines and newspapers or taking them himself. Over the years, Willink amassed a comprehensive photograph ... ic archive. Willink often meticulously reproduced his chosen photographs in his paintings, but also used them in his compositions. He brought different – often contrasting – motifs from reality together in a single picture plane, like in a collage. By subtly manipulating real life in this way, the painter created completely new worlds of his own. He called his style ‘Imaginary Realism’. Willink studied medicine and subsequently architecture before finally deciding to become an artist. But his interest in architecture remained: architectonic decors are scattered through his oeuvre. In this case, the museum building even plays the lead role. The Tate Gallery in London (nowadays the Tate Britain) is one of Great Britain’s most notable museums. Willink relocated the classical temple of art to an inhospitable landscape.
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Carel Willink
Tate Gallery Relocated
Oil on canvas
94 x 123 cm (h x w)
Type of object
© Pictoright/Sylvia Willink

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