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Carel Willink (1900-1983)
Carel Willink (1900-1983)

Landschap met vechtenden: landscape with fighters

Carel Willink (1900-1983)
Landschap met vechtenden: landscape with fighters
signed and dated 'Willink '37-38' (lower right)
oil on canvas
86 x 146 cm.
Mr. W.K. Brevet, Arnhem.
Anonymous sale, Christie's, Amsterdam, 21 May 1987, lot 348.
P.H. Dubois, A.C. Willink, Amsterdam 1940, p. 67, ill..
W. Kramer, Willink, The Hague/Rotterdam 1973, cat.no. 111.
H.L.C. Jaffé, Willink, Amsterdam 1979, cat.no. 178, p. 89, ill.
Amsterdam, Kunsthandel van Lier, Tentoonstelling van elf werken van A.C. Willink, 15 October-3 November 1938, cat.no. 11.
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Schilderijen A.C. Willink, 14 October-19 November 1939, cat.no. 42.
Eindhoven, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, A.C. Willink, 19 April-9 May 1949, cat.no. 26.
Leiden, De Lakenhal, Kunstbezit van oud-alumni der Leidse universiteit, June 1950, cat.no. 44.
Brussels, Palais des Beaux Arts, Retrospectieve tentoonstelling A.C. Willink, 12 January-4 February 1951, cat.no. 45.
Nijmegen, Waaggebouw, A.C. Willink, 14 March-7 April 1953, cat.no. 5.
Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Carel Willink, 7 December 1973-20 January 1974, cat.no. 23.
Arnhem, Gemeentemuseum, Terugblik op Willink, 10 November 1984-14 January 1985, cat.no. 21.
Arnhem, Museum voor Moderne Kunst (on extended loan 1989-2010).

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In the early 1930's, Willink started to paint in a realistic Neo-Classical style. In his evolution towards his typical Magic Realism he was influenced by fellow realistic painters such as Giorgio De Chirico, Christian Schad and Georg Grosz. As Kramer points out, Willink introduced narrative elements in his work. It seems that, together with Willink, the spectator has to observe another reality in which tiny elements have an enormous impact on the atmosphere in the picture. As in other canvases of the 1930's, Willink achieved an atmosphere of loneliness and abandonment. Jaffé points out that these elements were supported by the then international economic and political situation: 'Landscape, religious theme or anecdote - like in 'Landscape with fighters'- the essence remains: Willink feels the sign of the times and gives shape to it in his own harsh and realistic style. (..). There is no longer a faint threat in his work, the threat is perpetuated in a situation.' (op.cit. Jaffé, p. 88)

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