Sunday May 30 2010 till Friday December 31 2010

Big yellow canvas by Jan Wolkers

Museum De Lakenhal purchased the last big painting of Jan Wolkers, which he called ‘the big yellow canvas’. Wolkers finished this painting shortly before his death in 2007. He considered it the apotheosis of his work as a visual artist.

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In the last twenty years Wolkers worked with great concentration on an oeuvre of mainly monochrome paintings. He made these paintings by applying short brushstrokes and using subtle ranges of colouring. It was the intention of Wolker to make a vibrant painting with his big yellow canvas. The gold-yellow colour of the painting was inspired by the autumn leaves of the tulip tree next to his studio. The tree had grown from a sprig the artist had once brought from the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden.

Jan Wolkers (Oegstgeest 1925 – Texel 2007) visited Museum De Lakenhal often, even in his early childhood. The world famous Last Judgement by Lucas van Leyden impressed him greatly and the collection was most probably an inspiration for him as an artist and writer. In 2008 tens of thousands of people visited the retrospective exhibition of the work of Jan Wolkers in De Lakenhal.