Kees Salentijn // Banista // Acryl on Canvas // 2006
Kees Salentijn (Amsterdam, 1947), 'Bañista', portrait of a female in a red and yellow dress. Signed bottom right: K. Salentijn '06, titled and signed in verso: 06-41 bañista, K. Salentijn. Acrylic paint on canvas, H120 x W100 cm
In excellent condition.
In nice wooden frame, dimensions: H128 x W108 x D4 cm.
Kees Salentijn is among The Netherlands’ prominent painters. The initial inspiration leading to his mature style came from post-war American art, including Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Adolph Gottlieb, and above all Dutchman Willem de Kooning. It also came from Spanish painters such as Antoni Tapies, Antonio Saura, and later Manalo Millares.
Salentijn developed a personal style that combined the expressionist, painterly swat with smaller but equally expressionist marks that are quick and slightly nervous but sure. Salentijn, wrote Leo Duppen, the former director of The Netherlands’ CoBrA Museum, draws like a painter and paints like a draftsman. Combining vigorous painting with often-childlike imagery, Salentijn’s work eventually placed him in the Northern European, post-war CoBrA tradition of strongly expressionist, abstracted art that contained representational elements.