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Tessa Verder

Mauve's Muse, 2002

Tessa Verder (1967) currently lives in Berlin. From 1889 to 1992, she attended the Academy of Photography in Haarlem. In 1993, Verder continued her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where she honed her drawing skills. Both elements shine in her work: she combines her own analogue ... photographs with reproductions of famous artworks, creating a new, non-existent reality. Verder is keen to remind the viewer that reproductions are often seen as the actual artwork, while what we see is a photograph and not the original painting. The title Mauve’s Muse gives away the fact that Verder was inspired by the work of the renowned Hague School master Anton Mauve (1838-1888). A soberly dressed woman stands in a landscape borrowed from a Mauve artwork; the watercolour Riders in the Snow in the Haagse Bos (1880, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam collection) has been heavily magnified for this work. However, Mauve’s winter sunlight is missing from Verder’s version, and she has replaced the riders with her own model. The temperature also appears to have dropped ominously. This work imperceptibly blends photography and painting, raising questions on the relationship between these two media. Text: Myrthe Wesseling, guide and museum host
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Tessa Verder
Mauve's Muse
Giclee print
155 x 130 cm (h x w)
Type of object
© Pictoright