Thierry De Cordier


Painting, 163 x 150,5 cm.
Materials: oil paint on paper mounted on panel

Collection: Courtesy of the artist, Xavier Hufkens Gallery.

In the exhibition Sanguine/Bloedrood, Thierry De Cordier is represented by an extraordinarily tempestuous work, Mer Grosse from 2011. The painted image consists for eighty percent of raging water, bordered at the top by a grey band of mist behind which a vague light seems to glow. It is the sea as we would rather not think of it: threatening and unfathomable. De Cordier paints this frontal view of nature with extreme precision in various shades of grey, accented with a few patches of swirling white foam. Mer Grosse is simultaneously overwhelming and ominous; it reveals the artist in his awful predicament, surrounded by a fatal sea.

Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert

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