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Denise van der Burgh Coleoptera, 2004

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Gallery Sorelle Sciarone

Voorschoten, Netherlands

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Informations about this artwork
  • Medium

    Painting : oil

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    23.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch

  • Support

    Painting on canvas on stretcher

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    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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insects

museum

realism

figuration narrative

Denise van der Burgh

Netherlands Born in: 1950

Denise van der Burgh is a Dutch artist that is inspired by colour and weaves a narrative into her surreal oil paintings. Sometimes she explores a country, a thought, social issue or history by combining language, colour and details into her paintings.


Viewing her work a story slowly unfurls from all the elements of the painting.


Narrative Art uses the power of the visual image to ignite imaginations, evoke emotions and capture universal cultural truths and aspirations. What distinguishes Narrative Art from other genres is its ability to narrate a story across diverse cultures, preserving it for future generations.

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