Raoul De Keyser - Summer Wave Paris Thursday, August 3, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of G. Joly (gifted directly by the artist)
    Private Collection, Belgium
    Galerie Tom Gerits, Oostende
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Het Spilliaert Huis, Ostend, Fusillade Nationale, 10 June - 14 October 2018

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘I don't want to become the 'pretty' painter … Ultimately I want to paint ruthlessly.’ – Raoul de Keyser

    Largely self-taught painter Raoul de Keyser created paintings that were inspired by American abstract art but nonetheless rooted in his everyday life in provincial Belgium. His oeuvre had a profound impact on an entire generation of Belgian painters, including the likes of Luc Tuymans; ‘If you talk to 10 painters, probably 7 of those painters will start talking about Raoul De Keyser.’ (Hanna Schouwink, David Zwirner, online). Expressive, sometimes painterly and understatedly gestural, his works tread the boundaries between figuration and abstraction, and despite their humble, muted palettes and bare mark-making are loaded with inherent energy. Garnering significant interest in recent years, his legacy as a ‘painter’s painter’ is cemented in his rich, nuanced compositions. Painted in 1981, Oostende (Tornado) exemplifies his subtle artistic vocabulary whilst effortlessly encapsulating the atmosphere and essence of his native province.


Oostende (Tornado)

signed, titled and dated ‘Raoul De Keyser 1981 Oostende Augustus Astene Oktober’ on the reverse; further inscribed and dedicated 'ZEVEN MAJESTA TISCHE DAGEN AAN DEK VAN DE LOUISA VOOR GUY' on the stretcher
oil on canvas
34.9 x 29.9 cm (13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.)
Painted in 1981.

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