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In the 1960s a number of abstract expressionist painters in America started working with large planes of colour. The viewer had to be moved not by the hyper active brush strokes, but by the intensity of colour. And they had to experience the painting as a thing unto itself, instead of as a window with a view onto an illusory reality. An unusual shaped canvas helped in this. This violet bow shows that such a ‘shaped canvas’ is not always a thing. It can also be a piece of sky.

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Title Arch-Violet
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 240 cm
Height 60 cm
Depth 3 cm
Accession number 3137 (MK)
Credits Purchased 1986
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1986
Creation date in 1985
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Den Bosch 1928 - Den Bosch 2012

The fifty-year oeuvre of JCJ VANDERHEYDEN, who was born in Den Bosch in 1928, is all about looking; the image that the brain receives through one or more lenses...

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