Portrait of a Gelada monkey who turns his mind to something
- Frame Napoleon III period (1850-1900), dimensions 62 x 85 cm
Portret van een Gelada aap die zijn gedachten over iets laat gaan
- Lijst periode Napoleon III (1850-1900) afmeting 62 x 85 cm
Before I started this painting, I had produced the “Discoverer with the photograph of a monkey that is a unique spicemen”.
That painting gave me an irresistible urge to paint a portrait of a monkey. Not an obvious subject for a painting.
I have always had animals in my work but not in way in which I now give them the main role.
Rodin’s sculpture “Le Penseur” was the starting point for this work – not its appearance but its inner nature. It is not about the intellectual thoughts that man claims for himself but it is an inner strategy with a tranquillity that belongs to that strategy. Gelada monkeys have the intelligence to observe things, to remember and to make plans using their instinctive powers. Gelada monkeys live in the mountains of Ethiopia.
They have the ability to sit in the pose in which I have portrayed him. We call it a human pose but it belongs to this species of monkey.
There are many details in the painting that I enjoy.
The area on his right arm (his left for us) intrigues me. It is a very beautiful but disruptive area.
It is the beauty of the imperfection that makes it perfect.