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On the Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species

Rob Scholte (in 1988)

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Monkeys imitating human behaviour have been a popular motif in art for centuries, but no one has painted a more beautiful and distinguished monkey than the 18th-century French painter Jean-Siméon Chardin. Scholte has copied Chardin’s painting, but with typical postmodern irony he has the monkey painting a diagram of the evolution from ape to man that biologist Charles Darwin described in his book On the Origin of Species.

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Title On the Origin of Species
Material and technique Acrylic paint on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 150 cm
Width 150 cm
Depth 2.2 cm
Artists Kunstenaar: Rob Scholte
Accession number 3186 (MK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1988
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1988
Age artist About 30 years old
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Ik hou van Holland (2013)
Stop Making Sense (2013)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Rob Scholte

Amsterdam 1958

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