Pieter Ouborg (DUTCH, 1893-1956)
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Pieter Ouborg (DUTCH, 1893-1956)

Het altaar - The altar

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Pieter Ouborg (DUTCH, 1893-1956)
Het altaar - The altar
signed and dated 'P. Ouborg '39' (lower right)
oil on canvas
51 x 65 cm.
Provenance
Johannes and Cricri Tielrooy, thence by descent to the present owner.
On loan to the Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, from 1985 until 2007.
Literature
L. ten Duis a.o., Piet Ouborg, schilder, Eindhoven 1990, p. 54, no. 56, p. 57 (ill.).
Ineke Voorsteegh, Piet Ouborg, Heimwee naar het hart der dingen, 1993, p. 10.
Exhibited
The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Piet Ouborg, 12 August-14 October 1953, no. 44.
Eindhoven, Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Piet Ouborg, 15 May-20 June 1965, no. 24.
Breda, De Beyerd, Piet Ouborg, 26 June-25 July, 1965, no. 24.
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Piet Ouborg, Heimwee naar het hart der dingen, 24 October 1993- 9 January 1994.
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Lot Essay

Just before Ouborg went back to Holland in 1938 he painted the present lot as a hermetic work of a figuratively surreal landscape of a place of sacrifice from archaic times.

To Cricri, who bought the painting in 1946, he wrote in 1939 how deep this works was rooted in his East-Indies past "and with deep nostalgia I think back on the altars where I have made sacrifices, far away in Java, after long pilgrimages and to which destiny threatens to deny access for ever for aimless, wandering, tender and desperately longing people' (Ten Duis, op cit, p. 49).

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