'My paintings are cartoons for adults’
(Rob Scholte in: R. Simons, 'Rob Scholte', in: Dutch Heights, 1987, p. 21).
Rob Scholte was one of most successful Dutch artists during the eighties. His art is based on the legacy of Pop Art: reproducing versus originality was at the core of his oeuvre and combining high and low art was an important and recurring theme in his body of work.
In 1985, Scholte began a series of Olympia-pastiches, starting with the present lot; the work Utopia being the most well-known of the series (in the collection of Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam). As an editor of images, selected from the history of art, he was, like Édouard Manet, inspired by Titian’s Venus of Urbino and Francisco Goya’s The Nude Maja. By quoting other artists
and their masterpieces, Scholte puts himself deliberately, though controversially, in this tradition.