Tinus van Doorn
"Christus en de wereld"
TINUS VAN DOORN
Padang, Sumatra 1905-1940 Ukkel
CHRIST AND THE WORLD
Oil on canvas
65 x 65 cm.
Signed and dated: upper right ‘TVD ’27’
Verso: label Smits R’dam no. 25 and label oeuvre cat. 15.
Provenance: Private collection, The Netherlands.
Literature: E. Slagter, Tinus van Doorn 1905‐1940. Kunstenaar van het verloren paradijs, Heerenveen 2005, p. 65 cat. nr. 97 (ill.)
Exhibited: Heerenveen (Museum Belvédère), Tinus van Doorn 1905‐1940. Kunstenaar van het verloren paradijs, 09‐09‐2005‐21‐11‐2005.
Tinus van Doorn, the 'artist of the lost paradise' came to the Netherlands in 1913 and developed an expressionist style. His work shows elements of that of Herman Kruyder and the Flemish expressionists as Permeke, but is mostly highly personal. Van Doorn was inspired by nature and depicted his wonder about the world surrounding him. In Christ and the World, showed Van Doorn the modern way of the cross with traffic and a modern city. The grinning mask-like heads, of which the man with the black top hat, a thick cigar and smells – clearly a capitalist – catches the eye. Van Doorn suggested with his work the betrayal and the profit the current society to the jaw. Besides his paintings, he focused on making wood- and linocuts. From the late thirties he also concentrated on sculpting. The fear that Van Doorn felt after the mobilization in April 1939 is reflected in his work insistently.