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Coleoptera | Denise van der Burgh | Narrative Painting

€2,780.00

Coleoptera | Denise van der Burgh | Narrative Painting

€2,780.00

Coleoptera | Denise van der Burgh | Narrative Painting

 

  • Contemporary artist: Denise van der Burgh
  • Title Artwork: Coleoptera
  • Year: 2004
  • Technique: Oil in Linen
  • Narrative Painting
  • Size 60cm x 50cm 
  • Unframed
  • €2780,-

Coleoptera | Denise van der Burgh | Narrative Painting

An oil painting that depicts a selection of beetles in a display case. The painting captures detail from the lower right side of a beetle display case. Six (partially) visible beetles are seen neatly pinned into a display case. A large magnifying glass is left on top of the display case and enlarges top right beetle visible in the painting. The top left beetle is only visible by its lower body and one hind leg. Underneath it is yellow and red, to the red and yellow beetle's right is a magnified green beetle. In the second row under the other two beetles are another green beetle, a black or purple beetle and another green beetle hidden partially by the wooden handle of the magnifying glass.

 

The colour is first, which attracts one to the painting. The style in which the beetles are displayed is an academic setting of learnt men studying plants, insects and animals from different parts of the world in a style that transports one back to anywhere between the 16th and 20th century. Without overanalysing the work, a narrative is spun that is a reminisce to when men wanted to claim their name to eternity by being the first to name a 'new' species. 

 

Collectors in the West spent the better part of the 19th Century in droves to name new species of plants, bugs and animal to cement their legacy as scientists. One can almost imagine the sir in question leaning back in his chair in his study after contemplating his collection.

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