Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 178 - 6 March 2021

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 428

Louis Van Lint (Belgium / 1909 - 1986)
Printemps où es-tu ("Spring where are you") (1983)


€ 30 000 - 40 000

included in the online catalogue raisonné by the Louis Van Lint Institute under the direction of Serge Goyens de Heusch
Gal. Michel De Frenne, Brussels 1989


Les branches et le geste ont conquis l'espace, le végétal suit le chant de l'oiseau et des vigies s'éprennent dans les sables. Il est heureux d'être au secret d'une couleur, et de courir les crêtes. La saison se déroule ailleurs, puis la tendresse de ce blanc épargné devient cette pupille qui réfléchit ton ombre. Fluide, une hanche est caressée. Novembre 1982 (Philippe Roberts-Jones)

In the late 1940s, Louis Van Lint was the first Belgian artist to do research on lyrical abstraction, which continues to develop in his personal visual language throughout his career. Natural elements, the plant kingdom, the metamorphosis of the seasons stimulate the artist. They echo on his canvases like rhythmic poems. In a harmonious and warm way he manages to filter things to their essence, consisting of elegance, synthesis, transparency and bright colours.

Van Lint's painting sprouts like a planted seed. It is rooted in a fragment from nature, a reference to a late spring ("Spring where are you?"). Gray and black gradually give way to soft green and red. The metamorphosis unfolds in meandering lines across the canvas. Each curl and line is placed in such a way that the composition is in complete balance. The curves and straight lines give space to fresh and transparent colours, without compromising other shapes or colours. An organic evolution is flourishing. Energy makes the painting breathe, brings it to life.
With documentation

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