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Woman in the Kitchen, 1935

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 150.5 x 150.5 cm
  • Inv. 1950-K

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Jean Brusselmans has transformed the intimate scene of a woman in the kitchen into a stylised composition of planes and lines. Through the austere forms and their intense simplification he has reduced all the elements of the painting to their essence. The bright touches of red and white add an element of freshness to the rather sombre surroundings in which Brusselmans painted his wife. Her attitude is one of resignation and her face expresses very little emotion. Around her we see the attributes of a simple life, objects which are often depicted in Brusselmans’ still-lifes. In his search for the right form the artist always found new inspiration in his everyday surroundings.


Jean Brusselmans RKD VIAF Wikidata
Brussels 1884 - Dilbeek 1953
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Title Woman in the Kitchen
Date 1935
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year bottom left: Jean Brusselmans. / 1935.
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1950-K
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/1950-K
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/2157/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
Keywords Iconclass 22C light Iconclass
22C2 artificial light Iconclass
22C5 reflection (light in general) Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
41A3221 closed door Iconclass
41A7 furniture and household effects Iconclass
41A771 container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass
41A772 container of stone: stone vase Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
41A774 container of glass: bottle, jar, vase Iconclass
41B36 gas-lamp Iconclass
41C21 kitchen Iconclass
41C2542 cooker Iconclass
41C2543 oven ~ kitchen Iconclass
41C27(COFFEE MILL) kitchen-utensils (COFFEE MILL) Iconclass
41C27(KETTLE) kitchen-utensils (KETTLE) Iconclass
41C341 dish, plate, saucer Iconclass
41D23322 slippers Iconclass
61BB2 historical persons - BB - woman Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
Modernist AAT
Jean Brusselmans : Beschrijvende catalogus / Gita Brys-Schatan, Robert L. Delevoy. - Brussel : Laconti, 1972 (nr. 379)
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 267 (ill. 183))
D'Ensor à Magritte dans les collections du Musée de Gand (exposition Lodève, Musée de Lodève-Hôtel du Cardinal de Fleury, 19 novembre 2004 - 27 février 2005) / Maïthé Vallès-Bled, Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Helke Lauwaert, Bruno Fornari. - Lodève : Musée de Lodève, 2004 ; Milano : Mazzotta, 2004 (p. 251-253, cat. 70)
Biënnale van de schilderkunst : het genot van het kijken (tentoonstelling Deurle, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens ; Machelen-Zulte, Roger Raveelmuseum, 29.06.2008 - 21.09.2008) / Janus Boudewijns, Piet Coessens, Joost Declercq. - Deurle (Sint-Martens-Latem) : Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, 2008 ; Machelen-aan-de-Leie : Roger Raveelmuseum, 2008
Jean Brusselmans (tentoonstelling Den Haag, Gemeentemuseum, 17.02.2018 - 10.06.2018) / Jan Dibbets, Rudi Fuchs, Hans Janssen. - Den Haag : Gemeentemuseum (Den Haag), 2018 ; Veurne : Hannibal, 2018
Zien, denken, schilderen : een gesprek met Roger Raveel = see, think, paint : a conversation with Roger Raveel (tentoonstelling Machelen-aan-de-Leie, Roger Raveel Museum, 28.03 - 18.07.2021) / Melanie Deboutte. - Machelen-aan-de-Leie : Roger Raveel Museum, 2021 (p. 33, 69)
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