Erik Andriesse

Van Gogh Museum

In no other country is the tradition of painting as burdensome to contemporary artists as it is in Holland, and there is no other genre which respects traditional values as much as the still life. Whoever refers to specific parts of this tradition has to realize that he not only is stuck with an artistic but also with an exhausting moral baggage, which can offer hardly any relevant answers to current questions. Therefore, a contemporary painter who dares to tackle the still life anew has to have his senses tuned as much to moral as to artistic questions.

It has taken Erik Andriesse a lot of energy these past years to find a place in regards to this tradition. He never let himself be trapped by the realism of the flower still-life tradition of the seventeenth century, nor has he held with the genre’s rancid romantic revival of the last century. His paintings, which are set in a modern idiom,

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