This painting of a red anthurium (a tropical flower) creates a bridge between delicate form and powerful expression, thanks to a special technique.
Marianne Aartsen applies several thin layers of transparent paint and then works the surface with a pallet knife to create structure. She brings to mind Matterism, or Matter Painting, a style of painting made popular in the 1950s that emphasises the material, or tangible, qualities of paint. There’s also a touch of English painter William Turner in this work, whose famous ‘hands-on’ technique can be seen as a source of inspiration for Matterism.
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