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Monday, October 29, 2012

Claude Verlinde

Claude Verlinde
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Looking at the works of Claude Verlinde, the first name that came to my mind was Remedios Varo. Both can be considered as Magical Realists, while there is a difference between them, that lies, I would say, in the sense of enigma. Each work of Remedios Varo brings an enigma, and the same is true in the case of Claude Verlinde. At Remedios Varo the enigma is filled with a tension between myth and science. Her heroes (sometimes androgynous, sometimes not, always looking like beyond this world) can be only alchemists or astrologists. For Claude Verlinde the enigma is filled with a tension between moral and immoral, sacral and demonic. Of course, Hieronymus Bosch also comes to mind.

His often darkly themed works employ the dark earth tones of the early Renaissance, as well as some of the visual staging and precise rendering characteristic of that period. He sometimes uses a brighter palette, but his work always has a feeling of referencing another time, if not another world (Lines and Colors).

An undisputed master of visionary art and a Surrealist par excellence genius, really up there with Salvador Dali and René Magritte (Conservapedia).

(Contemporary Art)



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