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Pyke Koch

Interior with Lion I, 1929

The painting Interior with Lion I by Pyke Koch (1901-1991) inspired the story with the same title by writer Willem Frederik Hermans (1947-1995). The following is an excerpt from it: ‘It remained silent and calm for five minutes. Abraham crept out from behind the cupboard as quietly as he could and ... walked to the door. But the lion had most certainly seen him, although it did not even blink its eyes. It stretches out, its hind legs still on top of the chest of drawers and its front ones already behind Abraham, following him closely without haste. Shaking, his clothes drenched in sweat, Abraham went out the door. The lion seems not to have realized that the door could be closed, for Abraham shut it right in its face, without the predator being able to do anything about it.’ Koch studied law, after which he decided to become an artist in 1927. He did not receive any formal training but attended lectures on material knowledge and painting technique at the Utrecht Institute of Art History. From 1928, he was also a member of the artists’ association De Onafhankelijken (The Independents), with which he exhibited several times. He drew inspiration from films and psychoanalytical theories, such as the interpretation of dreams by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939).
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Pyke Koch
Interior with Lion I
Oil on canvas
60 x 43.5 cm (h x w)
Type of object
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