TINUS VAN DOORN
Padang, Sumatra 1905-1940 Ukkel
PEASANT WOMAN WITH CALF
Oil on canvas
85 x 150 cm.
Signed and dated: lower left ‘TVD ’34’
Literature: Tinus van Doorn, Breda, p. 45 no. 31; A.G. Maris, For me and for you, a private collection, 1998, p. 187 no. 87; E. Slagter, Tinus van Doorn 1905-1940. Kunstenaar van het verloren paradijs, Heerenveen 2005, p. 37 cat. no. 54 (ill.); Utrecht (Museum van Nieuwe Religieuze Kunst), 10-07-1960-05-09- 1960, no. 27.
Exhibited: Utrecht (Museum van Nieuwe Religieuze Kunst), Tinus van Doorn 1905-1940, 10-07-1960-05-09-1960; Heerenveen (Museum Belvédère), Kunstenaar van het verloren paradijs, 09-09-2005-21-11-2005; Breda (Cultureel Centrum De Beyerd), Tinus van Doorn, 01-02-1958-24-02-1958; Rotterdam (Museum Boymans), Tentoonstelling van schilderijen en beeldhouwwerk van Tinus van Doorn 1905-1940, 9-6-1945 – 9-7-1945.
Because of paintings as this, in which animals were depicted in unnatural colours, Tinus van Doorn was associated with the German expressionist Franz Marc (1880-1916). Marc tried to depict the inner essence of his animals, and the symbolic of colours was of utmost importance. Blue represented the masculine and spiritual; yellow was used for the feminine and for delight. Marcs artworks leaned towards the abstract expressionism, but Van Doorn held on to reality. His use of colours was not based on reality: they derived from his feeling and imagination.