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Antonio López
Sink and Mirror, 1967
Oil on wood. 96.5 x 83.8 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
© Antonio López, VEGAP, Madrid 2016

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Bart van der Leck
Oil on canvas
60 x 72.5 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 642 (1979.82)

More information about this work

For a time Bart van der Leck adhered to the rigid geometric guidelines of De Stijl , but gradually began to attach greater importance to the figurative elements of his compositions . The present oil painting belonging to the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza , which Christopher Green considers to be a sketch for a larger work , clearly illustrates the balance between abstraction and figuration that characterises most of his output.

The painting’s first owner , Hendricus Petrus Bremmer (1871–1956), was a major collector and foremost critic in the Netherlands, who later became Helene Kröller-Müller’s chief advisor. The correspondence between Van der Leck and his patron attests to the latter’s influence on the artist.

Paloma Alarcó

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