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July 14, 2020

Majic Realism And The Spring Garden…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

My 2019 pre-Christmas attendance of Wilfried van den Boorn’s: “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019” exhibition has given me a new appreciation of Still Life.

Wilfried van den Boorn’s website tells us that he:

…used painters such as Jeroen Bosch, René Magritte, Salvador Dali, de Chirico and others, to provide a guideline for his own interpretation of the surrealistic approach to the perceived world.

Through the “*Magic Realism” of painters typical of the low countries (Carel Willink, Moesman, Pyke Koch, Dick Ket) this led to a more austere form of realism in the 1980s, followed by a period in which the paintings reflected a possible but unlikely reality. 

Ultimately, this all led to a preference for still life as a subject.” Today’s painting: “No.27 from the price list, “From the Spring Garden” (for sale for Euro 1.250,-)

(Kiwi’s Note: definition of Magic Realism: “framework may be conventionally realistic, but contrasting elements such as the supernatural, dreams, myths, fantasy invade the realism. Differs from fantasy or sci-fi because the setting is a normal modern world with authentic descriptions of humans, society and conflicts.”

Wilfried van den Boorn

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 13, 2020

Realist Realism, Nina’s Peppers…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wilfried van den Boorn’s website tells us that he:

was born in 1951 and has been working as a professional painter for 40 years.

He immersed himself in various forms of painting after his education at the Academy of Fine Art St. Joost, and the Royal Academy of Fine Art and Design in ‘s Hertogenbosch.

Against the current trends of the time, he chose the style of Realism.

Over the years he has explored and mastered facets of the work such as material expression, composition and technical construction.”

At his private exhibition entitled: “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019, these realism paintings consist mostly of flowers but the focus of today’s painting is peppers, of the chili variety!

Called: No.25 “Nina’s Peppers” it is listed as costing Euro 975,- and is a calm, quiet study of chili peppers with an upturned bowl and a paper base. beautiful!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 12, 2020

The Scribbling…

Following on from yesterday’s post is the next Wilfried van den Boorn painting. Entitled “The Scribbling” and was for sale for Euro 975,-

This painting shows are notebook, vase with flowers, a small bell,  and a sea shell. There is to the bottom right what may or may not be a dropped petal? I’m not certain and I’ve included a photograph that was only supposed to remind me of the title of the painting, because the other close ups were either fuzzy or marred by the overhead lighting.

I didn’t know this until I looked at the pictures on the computer though, and at least the top photo has a tiny glimpse onto how this painting looks close up. (Which was amazing, especially for such a small image).
Wilfried van den Boorn

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 11, 2020

Four In A Little Jug…

This next Wilfried van den Boorn painting is called “Four in a jog”  and is from his late 2019 private exhibition entitled “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019”. The price list lists it for Euro 475,-
Wilfried van den Boorn

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 10, 2020

A Dutch Master-Style Soloist…

Dutch artist Wilfried van den Boorn held a private exhibition in November 2019 entitled: “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019” and featured his paintings, mostly of flowers, but all more or less in the style of old Dutch masters. The price list listed this one as: No.18 “Soloist“, and for sale for Euro 1.950,-

This was another on my favourites list, just one single variegated tulip. laying on a table or sideboard, complimented by the dark background and contrasted by the edge of an embroidered table linen in the foreground and coloured linen in the background. Art and embroidered textiles! A perfect match, and expertly painted. I love it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 9, 2020

Oooh …Hot Chilli Peppers…

Following on from yesterday’s post, the next painting I see by Wilfried van den Boorn is listed in the price list as: No.17 “Hot chilli peppers” and was for sale for Euro 975,-

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 8, 2020

Just Like A Dutch Master…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In November 2019 I had the opportunity to attend a private exhibition of artist Wilfried van den Boorn.

Entitled “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019“,  this exhibition shows off his still-life paintings (mostly) of flowers, but often in the style of the old masters.

This painting, listed in the price list as “No.16, The purple ribbon” and for sale for Euro 3,250.-  shows the drapery-over-the-table technique often employed in old Dutch paintings. 

It’s a massive pity that a strategically placed ceiling light made this difficult to photograph in full, but take it from me, the painting of the cloth was expertly done, and the porcelain bowl was almost real.

I found it a bit of a pity that the doll head made it look a little strange and that the purple ribbon for which it was named wasn’t more prominent, but regardless, this ranked with my top favourites in this show.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 7, 2020

A Winter Rose…

The next painting by Wilfried van den Boorn. is labelled as: “No.14 Winter Rose“, and is for sale for Euro 475,-   Part of a private exhibition entitled “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019” This is a tiny but beautifully painted painting of a rose.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 6, 2020

Stopped Tumbling…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following on from yesterday’s post, this painting in the price list is listed as No.13 “Stopped tumbling” and has an asking price of Euro 2.350,–

This is one of the slightly larger paintings by Wilfried van den Boorn private exhibition I attended in November 2019.

This exhibition was called “Overview of Still-lifes From 2008-2019“, and most of the paintings were of realistic flowers done a bit in the style of the Old Masters.

The only thing that perplexes me though is the shape of the vases: they almost appear to be unfinished, and if that’s just how the glass with blown and they are complete, then the shape and size of them seem a little unsuited to such large and heavy blooms.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 5, 2020

A Favourite Mystery…

Next in the private exhibition I attended in November 2019 by the artist Wilfried van den Boorn, is a painting called “Double tulips” with a listed price for sale of Euro 1.250,–

The painting of the wood, with it chipped white paintwork, and the cloth made this my favourites of all of the paintings here. Mind you, although it is clearly marked as “Double tulips” I am not sure why there are four blooms in the painting and not just two. I’m no botanist so this one is a mystery.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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