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The Equilibrium of Forces, 1963

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 96 x 149 cm
  • Inv. 1966-W

© Mrs. Sylvia Willink, c/o SABAM 2023

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Albert Carel Willink was one of the Netherlands’ leading exponents of Magic Realism. Willink used a careful and realistic way of painting to transpose reality into a fantasy world. The pictorial imagery of the Magic Realists – Willink himself preferred the term ‘Fantastic Realists’ – is related to that of the Surrealists. During a visit to Italy in 1962, the artist was struck by the Renaissance sculptures in the grounds of the Castello at Bomarzo, near Orvieto. They inspired him to paint five large canvases, including Equilibrium of Forces. Willink said of the painting, ‘I had to include something iron – the launch-gantry of a spaceship. There’s great strength in ironwork. It contrasts with the powerless world of sculpture – it testifies to the transience of everything around us...’.


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Amsterdam 1900 - Amsterdam 1983
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Title The Equilibrium of Forces
Date 1963
Period 20th century
Location Amsterdam TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year top right: Willink '63
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1966-W
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300056485 fantastic art AAT
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Keywords Iconclass 25HH landscapes - HH - ideal landscapes Iconclass
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31A231 standing figure Iconclass
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31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
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31D15 adult woman Iconclass
33B3 fighting Iconclass
41A772 container of stone: stone vase Iconclass
41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase Iconclass
43C392 wrestling (sport) Iconclass
46C41 rocket (astronautics) Iconclass
48C145 architectural settings in paintings, sculptures, etc. Iconclass
School / Style Magic Realist AAT
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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. 282-285, cat. 78)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 356-357 (ill.))
Belgische schone : Ensor tot Magritte ; Hoogtepunten uit de verzameling van het Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent (tentoonstelling Laren, Singer Laren, 16.06 - 30.08.2015) / Johan De Smet, Jan Rudolph De Lorm. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2015 ; Laren : Singer Laren, 2015 ; Heule : Uitgeverij Snoeck, 2015 (cat. 65 (ill. 90))
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