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Koosje van Keulen

An Encounter, 2004

Koosje van Keulen (b. 1940) is inspired by Old Masters, such as Piero della Francesca (1412-1492) and Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), known for their enigmatic and tranquil scenes. The strength of An Encounter is the mysterious atmosphere Van Keulen evokes, one that we cannot quite pinpoint. A woman ... with a baby on her lap and a man are sitting in a space that is difficult to interpret. Could it be a gallery or a museum? The gesture of the baby holding out its hand to the man ¬– their fingers just missing each other – is reminiscent of the famous detail in Michelangelo’s fresco The Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Is this an everyday scene in a museum? A closer look reveals that it is not. What is that black ball doing there, it seems to have just rolled into view? And you don’t go to a museum barefoot ... Text: Boris Ariaens, guide and museum host
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Koosje van Keulen
An Encounter
Oil on panel
110 x 160 cm (h x w)
Type of object