Stately, enigmatic, elegant and the world at a distance, Carel Willink (1900-1983) is the cool grandmaster of neo-realism. From the age of thirty his reputation grew as an unparalleled painter of monumental, architectural sets and ominous skies.
The arrangement in Kasteel Ruurlo shows the development of a searching artist, who later develops into the unrivaled painter of a technically perfect, elegant and enigmatic body of work. The collection in the castle is rotating, but there are always masterpieces by the master painter.
A grand master of stature like Carel Willink deserves a monumental home. That is why no fewer than 45 works can be seen in Museum MORE | Castle Ruurlo. From a self-portrait he made at the age of 18 to the famous painting "Portrait of Mathilde".
Willink liked cool
Female nude is never erotic with him, but always aesthetic. Perhaps intellectually. Although "intellect" did not help with painting, he thought. "When you paint your mind is in the tip of your brush". But Willink also had humor and has been described as an "amused pessimist". It almost seems as if he had a knack for predicting historical events. Because did he predict the outbreak of the Second World War with his apocalyptic paintings from the "frightful 1930s"? The threatening atmosphere on the canvas almost screams it. After the war, Willink was often considered retrospectively a kind of seer.