496. Ger van Elk

Ger van Elk
'Western Stylemasters' (1991)
Signed, dated ’91 and numbered 23/50 lower left
Titled lower right
Published by Art & Project, Slootdorp and Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam, printed by Bernard Ruijgrok, Amsterdam
Screenprint and photo lithograph on paper in original frame, 79.8 x 50 cm (plate size) / 119.3 x 94.4 cm (frame size)
– Art & Project, Slootdorp, 1992
- Private collection, the Netherlands
In both its title and its depiction, Ger van Elk's Western Style Masters directly alludes to Rembrandt's famous group portrait of the Steel masters from 1662. The glossy varnish, the calculated use of chiaroscuro, and the prominently present collars and cuffs fit our clichéd image of the Dutch 17th century. However, the disruption of traditional composition rules is unmistakably twentieth-century. The two figures are both self-portraits of the artist. Unlike in Rembrandt's painting, they no longer have the task of inspecting the linen. Instead, as critical 'style masters', they represent the members of a typical contemporary 'college of wise men'.
This work is also part of several museum collections, such as the MOMA (obj.no. 1013.2007) and Boymans van Beuningen (inv.no. 3174MK).
* Condition report available upon request

€ 1.000 - 2.000
Hammer amount