Thumbnail-size images of copyrighted artworks are displayed under fair use, in accordance with guidelines recommended by the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, published by the College Art Association in February 2015.

The German

2002
Michaël Borremans (Belgian, born in 1963)


Dimensions

50 x 42 cm (19 11/16 x 16 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2002.321

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe

Classifications

Paintings

In the twenty-first century, the challenges of working in a traditional medium and choosing to master the luminous qualities of traditional oil paints have led artists to reexamine the power of painting the figure. The small scale and intimacy of Borremans’ composition are pushed to a level of mystery by the blurred rendering and the peculiar nature of the subject’s action. Here, Borremans has created an enigmatic work in the style of his Symbolist and Surrealist predecessors. His paintings depict subjects caught in the middle of undefined and indefinable gestures and settings, allowing the viewer to assign their own interpretations to the works; projecting meanings from their own subconscious memories and experiences onto Borremans’ characters.

Provenance

The artist; with Zeno X, Antwerp, Belgium; purchased by MFA, Boston, September 25, 2002

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by The Buddy Taub Foundation, Jill and Dennis Roach, Directors