Frans Jeursen

I always preferred paintings you could stare at for a long time and which let your imagination run wild. One’s thoughts wander through the landscape and often go in unexpected new directions. Also, a canvas should show the paint itself, the broad strokes of the brush the thick smudges of colour, the scratches made by the wooden rear end of the brush and the fingers of the maker. Painting should never aspire to become photography. The changing moods and impressions evoked by form and colour are much more important than a correct rendering of the subject. An artwork should stay “open” so the spectator can always discover different things in it. After all, a good painting is like a kaleidoscope that with each turn of the wrist calls forth a different world.

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