Brutalist experimental “matter painting”, Dutch, 1970s


Atmopsherical work by a Dutch artist. This painting made in as a so called matter paintings. This style a representative of the international movement known in the 1950s and s60s as Informal Art and more specifically by its technical classification: ‘matter painting’. The origins of this movement lie in the artistic developments in Paris after 1945. A free art form originates here, a lyrical abstraction that expressly breaks away from pre-war realism. In the Netherlands the CoBrA group was part of this movement of artists painting in a lyrical-abstract manner.This movement developed internationally with the aim of bridging the gap between traditional painting and spatial sculpture. Characteristic of material painting is the relief-like surface and the complex texture of the canvas, created by adding less obvious materials to the thick layers of paint, such as sand, plaster, jute, straw, etc. The canvas as a carrier is left intact. The combination of paint with these alternative elements can enhance expressiveness, pursue aesthetic goals or refer to primitive art such as the rock paintings. Important figures for this painting style are: Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Alberto Burri, Antoni Tàpies, Bram Bogart, Jaap Wagemaker and E. Schumacher.



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“Abstract matter painting”, signed and dated verso.

| DIMENSIONS   h 83 cm w 113 cm d 2 cm
| PERIOD   1970s
| PLACE OF ORIGIN   The Netherlands
| PROVENANCE   private collection, NL
| MATERIALS   mixed media (paint, jute, newspaper) on board, in artist frame
| CONDITION   in good vintage condition
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