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    Sale 2773

    Twentieth Century Art

    4 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 108

    Piet Ouborg (DUTCH, 1893-1956)

    De Ram

    Price Realised  


    Piet Ouborg (DUTCH, 1893-1956)
    De Ram
    signed and dated 'P.Ouborg/'34' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    65 x 80.5 cm.

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    This work is one of the highlights of Dutch Surrealism. As Ten Duis states "Ram is an intriguing painting, never before in Ouborg's work was there such emphatic and unconcealed symbolism (...). Consequently, the Ram phallically pierced in a ground full of languid desires, points to potency and life-giving forces, but at the same time is reminiscent of a sacrificial beast (...) " (op cit. p. 45)
    Dreams are translated in Ouborg's own visionary language.

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    Johannes and Cricri Tielrooy, thence by descent to the present owner.
    On loan to the Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, from 1985 until 2007.


    L. ten Duis a.o., Piet Ouborg, schilder, Eindhoven 1990, no. 49, p. 46 (ill.), p. 44, p. 107
    Ineke Voorsteegh, Piet Ouborg, Heimwee naar het hart der dingen,
    1993, p. 11 (ill.).


    The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Piet Ouborg, 12 August-4 October 1953, no. 29 (ill.).
    Eindhoven, Stedelijk van Abbe-museum, Piet Ouborg, 15 May-20 June 1965, no. 17.
    Breda, De Beyerd, Piet Ouborg, 26 June-25 July 1965, no. 17.
    Enschede, Rijksmuseum Twente, 1990
    Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Piet Ouborg, 24 October 1993- January 1994.