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Two Scholars, Einstein

Two Scholars, Einstein

Carel Willink (in 1932)

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Willink’s work is suffused with irony, especially his early work. It is true of ‘Late Visitors to Pompeii’ in this gallery and it is also true of this painting depicting an encounter between two scholars. The man on the left is recognisable as the world-famous mathematician and physicist Albert Einstein. Their respectable gowns contrast with the makeshift fence, which presumably conceals a building site. In the distance the Siegessäule in Berlin rises up next to a neoclassical villa. This is a clash of worlds.

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Title Two Scholars, Einstein
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Thickness 2 cm
Height 75 cm
Width 94.3 cm
Artists Schilder: Carel Willink
Accession number BRL 94-03 (MK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Sylvia Willink 1994
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1994
Age artist About 32 years old
Exhibitions Carel Willink (2000)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions De Melancholieke Metropool: stadsbeelden tussen magie en realisme, 1925-1950 (2013)
Material
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Place of manufacture Amsterdam > North Holland > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Carel Willink

Amsterdam 1900 - Amsterdam 1983

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