The Temptation (La Tentatione, 2011)
Antique Delft Blue tulip vase, with marble bench, pheasants in the park;
oil paint on masonite; 100 x 122 cm
Anyone who is looking at this painting, at least if I could look through the eyes of someone else, will see a dark painting in which the light occurs sporadically. The light appears on the central front bench, the leaves on the trees, the view of the fence on the left and the vista of the village right.
One will be soon somewhat surprised to be aware that the painting is teeming with wildlife, plants and insects that are all grouped around the richly ornamented stone bench. In this painting, everything seems to be present in which man is emphatically absent. As if man can fall in any moment, comfortably may lay down, behold nature and at ease can experience the wonder of nature.
But much more likely it will be clear to that man that the animals will naturally make way off at the appearance of the viewer into the painting. In contemporary symbolic view the painting can refer to the empty bench of the credit crunch. As the symbol of the 17th century Delft blue tulip vase at the right side in the painting represents the tulip mania which then also caused a lot of unrest in society.