Laurens Legiers - New Now New York Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • "The world is blue at its edges and in its depths... the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance." 
    —Rebecca Solnit
    Under the blue-tinged veil of night, four vessels drift in Laurens Legier’s surreal maritime scene, Four Ships, 2020. Defying gravity, the boats sail against a vast blue sea in the dreamy shadow of distant, atmospherically hued mountains. Illuminated by the eerie glow of a half moon, the scene insinuates a moment of metamorphosis, as if the vessels are embarking on a passage between real and otherworldly realms. Windless sails undulate with exaggerated creases while ripples strike the glassy surface of the water. The present work exemplifies the 28-year-old Belgian’s use of nautical motifs and repeated forms in works created from memory rather than observation. The voluminous subjects recall the rounded shapes and gradients of digital renderings while referencing Belgian and Flemish painters of the 18th and 19th centuries. Influenced by Romantic period seascapes, Four Ships balances the serene and ominous, the familiar and mysterious.

    Quickly gaining international recognition, Legiers has held recent exhibitions in major cities globally, including Mallorca, Los Angeles, New York and London, amongst others.

    • Provenance

      PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Antwerp, PLUS-ONE Gallery, L'Heure Bleue (Part I), June 9–August 23, 2020


Four Ships

signed, titled and dated "FOUR SHIPS LEGIERS 2020" on the reverse
oil on canvas
47 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. (120.7 x 95.3 cm)
Painted in 2020.

Full Cataloguing

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $44,100

Contact Specialist

Avery Semjen
Head of Sale, New Now
212 940 1207

New Now

New York Auction 28 September 2022