When museums were looking to acquire new works in 1949, Charley Toorop was accused of no longer working in the Expressionist style of 20 years previous. And she was guilty as charged. This late flower still life is indeed unlike her customary repertoire of compelling self-portraits. The bouquet is a...t the centre, and the flowers burst out of the top of the painting. What’s clever about the work is that, thanks to the rugged brick wall behind, the flower still life doesn’t strike us as overly colourful. Toorop was never one for sentimentality.
Text: Chris Reinewald
From: Museum MORE: 100 jaar realisme, 2020, Gorssel