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De Wit’s drawings are highly evocative, thanks to the effective application of various materials, including pencil, ink, chalk and pastel. They look like stills from a documentary about a strange world, where remnants of manmade products float amid seaweed and other organic growths. From the wiry tree trunk in the foreground hang stems of wheat and feather-shaped leaves and on the left there appears to be a cicada – the loud insect from temperate and tropical regions. Metal machine components, tubes and bullets lie elsewhere and on the right sits a robot-like man. Nature and technology seem to have fused, as in fantasy films.

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Title Cicadidae
Material and technique Charcoal and pastel chalk on paper
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 1480 mm
Width 2600 mm
Artists Kunstenaar: Hans de Wit
Accession number MB 2010/T 17 (PK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 2010
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 2010
Age artist About 54 years old
Internal exhibitions Kunst van formaat. De collectie XL vanaf de jaren vijftig (2018)
External exhibitions Hedendaagse surreële tekeningen uit Rotterdam (2012)

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Hans de Wit

Eindhoven 1952

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