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In 1937, the Van Abbemuseum received this painting from the city of Antwerp as a token of appreciation for the exhibition Hedendaagse Belgische schilder- en beeldhouwkunst (Contemporary Belgian Painting And Sculpture) at the museum. It is an early work by Victor Dolphyn (1909–1992), created during his training as an artist from 1932 to 1938 at the Hoger Instituut in Antwerp. Later, he teaches there himself, his students being among others Eindhoven-born artist Cornelis le Mair. The man and woman in this picture have robust, strong bodies, a result of the hard work they perform. The working process of the artist is also legible in rough, determined strokes and various layers of paint.
[exhibition text 2017]
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