During World War II, painters made quasi-neutral still lifes with their own symbols. Everything about this severe and sombrely painted ‘outdoor still life’ is artificial and theatrical. The classical garden urn and the open book symbolise the enduring culture. The (secondary) meaning of a sawn off y...oung tree appears clear. Do the oak leaves suggest immortality? Do the fresh flowers and grapes survive while the piece of apple rots? In the centre of the work, a silver ribbon from a funeral wreath, devoid of words, captures the viewer’s attention.
Text: Chris Reinewald
From: Museum MORE: 100 jaar realisme, 2020, Gorssel
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The Satin Ribbon (Urn)
Oil on canvas
77 x 78 cm (h x w)
Type of object
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