collection
oilpainting: 111,8 cm x 95,8 cm
1962-C

In The Idiot by the Pond Frits van den Berghe presents a village idiot  apparently a real person  surrounded by elements from his surroundings: his caravan, a pond, stables and ducks. The composition has been built up statically with bright areas of colour adjoining each other. This is one of Van den Berghes maturest expressionist works from the middle of the 1920s. The painter has not turned the village idiot into a caricature here. The portrait of the idiot with his fat body and empty gaze rather expresses the artists own melancholy and his sympathy for the clumsiness and feeble-mindedness of humanity.