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People and Bodies, ca. 1929

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 42.5 x 60.7 cm
  • Inv. 1992-K

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At the end of the 1920s, Frits Van den Berghe left his pure expressionist style for a visual language inspired by surrealism and Max Ernst's écriture automatique. Even earlier, Van den Berghe had a passion for microscopic research. This penetration into the microstructure of matter was also decisive for the style of his late works. People and Bodies shows a bizarre world in which monstrosities and human body parts grow organically out of the paint matter. The dream has become a nightmare in which unconscious forces loom up like menacing monsters. The painting illustrates Van den Berghe's increasingly pessimistic view of human existence.


Frits Van den Berghe RKD VIAF Wikidata
Ghent 1883 - Ghent 1939
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Title People and Bodies
Date ca. 1929
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: FVBerghe
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1992-K
Acquisition credit gift
Mees-Desplenter, Lydie
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300056485 fantastic art AAT
Keywords Iconclass 25F9 mis-shapen animals; monsters Iconclass
3 Human Being, Man in General Iconclass
31A22 parts of the human body (skeleton excepted) Iconclass
31A221 head (human) Iconclass
31A2211 face Iconclass
31A2212 eyes Iconclass
31A2213 ears Iconclass
31A2214 mouth Iconclass
31A22621 hair Iconclass
31A41 disabilities, deformations Iconclass
31A42 human beings (legendary or not) of abnormal proportions, size, strength, etc. Iconclass
31A511111 distortion Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA511111 distortion - AA - (for) women Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
32A6 physiognomy Iconclass
49D3 planimetry, geometry Iconclass
49D365 centre of a circle Iconclass
49D38 other planimetric figures not meant or mentioned above Iconclass
49D4 stereometry, solid geometry Iconclass
49D46 cylinder ~ stereometry Iconclass
School / Style Expressionist (style) AAT
Modernist AAT
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. 66-67 (ill.))
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