Luc Tuymans | The Valley 2012

Luc Tuymans

The Valley - 2012 [cat. 65]

Year:2012
Size71.00 x 72.50 cm
Edition of:75 + XXXV + 10 AP
Published by:Graphic Matter - Antwerpen
Printed by:Roger Vandaele, Tubbax, Antwerpen
Paper:BFK Rives 300 g/m2
Signature:Signed in pencil on reverse lower right
Available:For sale

An additional 35 prints numbered in Roman numerals are reserved to accompany the artist's book Wenn der Fruhling kommt, published by Graphic Matter, 2012.

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The Valley

Screenprint in 7 colours on BFK Rives 300 g/ m2 paper
 
Luc Tuymans often works in thematic series. The silk-screen print The Valley is one of a series about the Jesuits that he made in 2007. The works stem from his fascination with the spiritual power of this religious order organised along military lines that had its heyday during the Counter-Reformation. The Valley is a portrait of a boy that indirectly illustrates the power relations and restrictive moral codes of the early 1950s. The intimate portrait is based on a still from the film The Village of the Damned, metamorphosed by Tuymans as The Valley (of the Doomed). The work is charged with the characteristic Tuymans tension: the boy is prematurely aged and tormented. He averts his eyes: his gaze, haircut and clothes all bear witness to training and discipline. The work is composed in a dingy monochrome of yellowish-green tones.

 

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Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans (born 1958) is a Belgian artist who lives and works in Antwerp. Tuymans is considered one of the most influential painters working today.