4 December 2001
Carel Visser (Dutch, B. 1928)
Dubbelvorm 2 - Double form 2
135 x 100 x 90 cm.
Executed in 1957-1958, this piece is unique.
Acquired directly from the aritist by the family of the present owner.
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C. Blok, Carel Visser, Amsterdam 1968, p. 5
J.L. Locher, Carel Visser, beelden, tekeningen en grafiek, Vlaardingen 1972, p. 40, no. 46 (ill.)
C. Blotkamp, Carel Visser, Utrecht-Antwerpen 1989, p. 93, no. 73 (ill.)
Double form 2 is part of a series of six abstract sculptures. Blotkamp writes about these pieces:"By far the most important symmetrical works date from the second half of 1957 and the following year: a series of six works collectively titled Double form. Visser started on these when he returned home from Italy, where he had done a great many nature studies, among them one of a rocky island and its reflection in the water. [Hans] Locher correctly connected the Double form with these works. The mirror effect which he used in the studies of islands recurs in woodcuts and a number of particulary good pencil drawings done in 1957 and 1958. The drawings employ exclusively geometrical shapes, horizontal or vertical bars, in greyish tone, or occasionally in yellow, so that they suggest the subtle tones of a seascape.
In formal terms however, the Double form can also be seen as rigorous abstraction of Two birds (1954). Each piece is constructed of two 'birds', consisting of a flat block with smaller flat protuberances on four sides. They mirror each other with respect to an imaginary horizontal axix of symmetry. In spite of these shared characteristics, there is a striking degree of variation within the series. Never before had Visser so thoroughly exploited the possibilities offered by a particular sculptural donné".
For more information on the about the Double forms, see: Blotkamp, p. 91-98
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