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Raoul Hynckes

The Tongs, preliminary study, 1933

In the 1920s, Raoul Hynckes (1893-1973) worked in a stylized, somewhat Cubist manner. In this movement the rules of central perspective were abandoned, and a single image now contained multiple perspectives. In the early 1930s, a turnaround can be observed in Hynckes’ oeuvre. Whereas in 1932 there w ... as still a distinct ‘folded’ perspective, a year later this had almost completely disappeared from his work. Although this 1933 representation looks very realistic, there is still some friction in terms of perspective. The tongs resting halfway on the books seem to just float above the stone surface. It is during this period that Hynckes developed his characteristic style of tightly constructed compositions with a mysterious chiaroscuro. These powerful contrasts of light and dark lend the image the illusion of depth. In this preliminary study, the space is not yet fully worked out, but is accentuated mainly by the light and shadow. Text: Myrthe Wesseling, guide and museum host
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Raoul Hynckes
The Tongs, preliminary study
Mixed media on paper
58 x 83.5 cm (h x w)
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