Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen recently acquired four paintings by the French painter, draughtsman, sculptor and designer Robert Combas.
Combas (b. 1957) achieved recognition in the early 1980s for his highly expressive and brightly coloured figurative works. From 1981 he and the artists Rémy Blanchard, François Boisrond and Hervé di Rosa were grouped under the term Figuration Libre. These artists took their inspiration from everyday phenomena such as comic strips, television series, punk fanzines and advertising. Combas, who in his early work mainly depicted rock musicians, described his own work as ‘amusing and relaxed painting’. His compositions are based on comic strips. The recently donated works L’homme au casque casquette (1982), Portrait de tuer (1982), Fernand Zop (1982) and Portrait de Marc Durand (1981) are a wonderful complement to the works by Combas already in the museum’s collection.
The four paintings come from collection of Adriaan van Ravesteijn and the late Geert van Beijeren. They owned and ran Art & Project in Amsterdam, one of the Netherlands’ most important galleries of the last fifty years. Van Beijeren was also senior curator of modern art at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in the early 1980s.
Adriaan van Ravesteijn is delighted to donate part of his collection of paintings and decorative arts to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In 2008 Adriaan van Ravesteijn donated part of his collection to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.