Ruud Verkerk (1957- ) - Ode aan jan Mankes Aronskelken

Ruud Verkerk (1957- ) - Ode aan jan Mankes Aronskelken
Oil on panel - Hand signed - 2016

Ruud Verkerk (1957) prefers to paint still-lifes, although we also find landscapes in his oeuvre. Simple objects are shown on the panel. Enamel kitchen attributes stand next to a bowl of pomegranates or a box of pears: a single Tulip is in an almost white or brown-white marbled shells on a white cloth against a soft yellow background. The scene is always centered by Ruud Verkerk, in an indefinable space. Sometimes the composition is compact and it constitutes a closed whole: sometimes fanning unpredictable Hazel- or pumpkin branches or flowers in a vase from all sides and form a fine pattern of colour squares. The background is mostly a light colour and unfinished faces. The objects are shown in detail, each grain in the page and the shine light on the fruit is visible.

Sometimes Ruud Verkerk combines the genres of still-life and landscape and he places a still-life against the background of a landscape. They are Dutch panoramic views with the typical low hanging clouds, flat land and distant views. The Dutch aspect in his depictions is also reflected in his preference for the tulip. Ruud Verkerk uses this flower, which he worked out in great detail, in his still lifes because of his simple, compact form.

The still life has Ruud Verkerk's preference, because in this genre, he can concentrate entirely on painting itself. It tells no story: it only shows what there is to see. The objects can be put into a composition according to his own wishes. Here, he can find a balance between the objects and their surroundings, between shape and colour and the correct contrast effect. The shape and colour of the objects are more important than their meaning. For instance, Ruud Verkerk combines shells with a poppy flower in a water glass for compositional and aesthetic reasons and not because the objects have something to do with each other.

Lot details
Title of artwork
Ode aan jan Mankes Aronskelken
Ruud Verkerk (1957- )
Oil on panel
Hand signed
Sold with frame
In very good condition
Image size
24×18 cm
2 kg
Total dimensions
32×26×4 cm
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