Robert Zandvliet
Untitled, 2000 | Tempera op linnen

Ever since the mid-nineties, Robert Zandvliet’s paintings have had one principal theme: landscapes. This theme allows Zandvliet to connect to a long Dutch painting tradition that dates back to the seventeenth century. However, Zandvliet’s landscapes are far from realistic. Nonetheless, they always contain elements that refer to the world around us. That is also the case with this painting, in which there is a clear division of planes. The foreground and background can be distinguished from one another thanks to a thick black line that runs from the top of the canvas to the bottom. It is a tree. This is an important part of the painting, as it is a central element that draws your gaze into the painting, giving you a view of the land situated behind it.

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