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Constant Nieuwenhuys-Le Tribunal, 1989
photo: Unknown

Le tribunal

1989
90.0cm x 95.0cm
linen, oil paint
Collection G. Dreesmann

Inspired by the mock trial of Nicolae Ceaușescu on the 25th of December 1989 internationally broadcasted on television. After the trial the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party and his wife were quickly executed. Constant dated the painting 1989, however, since the trial was held on the 25th of December of that year it is more likely that the painting was finished in 1990.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Prometheus, 1989
photo: Tom Haartsen

Prometheus

1989
135.0cm x 96.0cm
linen, oil paint
Collection Fondation Constant

Prometheus stole fire from the Gods on the Olympus and gave it to the humans. He was punished for his hubris. Zeus chained him to a rock where an eagle (emblem of Zeus) came and picked out his liver. Every day the liver grew back and the torture would repeat.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Le Cauchemar, 1988
photo: Tom Haartsen

Le cauchemar

1988
112.0cm x 107.0cm
linen, oil paint
Collection G. Dreesmann
Constant Nieuwenhuys-Orpheus III, 1988
photo: Tom Haartsen

Orpheus III

1988
126.0cm x 130.0cm
linen, oil paint
Collection Fondation Constant longterm loan to Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Orpheus (/ˈɔrfiəs, ˈɔrfjuːs/; Greek: Ὀρφεύς) was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-De brand, 1987
photo: Tom Haartsen

De brand

1987
80.0cm x 83.0cm
linen, oil paint
Collection Fondation Constant

After a friend asks him how he would paint his painting L'Incendie, 1950- now? Constant paints it again this time in a more coloristic way.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Man met hond, 1987
photo: Tom Haartsen

Man met hond

1987
34.0cm x 29.0cm
linen, oil paint
Private collection
Constant Nieuwenhuys-L'Insurrection, 1985
photo: Tom Haartsen

L'insurrection

1985
148.0cm x 198.0cm
linen, oil paint
Collection Fondation Constant longterm loan to Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Inspired by the Paris Commune in 1871

Constant Nieuwenhuys-La Samaritaine, 1984
photo: Tom Haartsen

La Samaritaine

1984
101.6cm x 107.5cm
linen, oil paint
Private collection
Constant Nieuwenhuys-L'Interrogatoire, 1983
photo: Unknown

L'interrogatoire

1983
131.0cm x 141.0cm
linen, oil paint
Collection G. Dreesmann
Constant Nieuwenhuys-Orpheus II, 1983
photo: Tom Haartsen

Orpheus II

1983
79.0cm x 81.2cm
linen, oil paint
Collection De Heus-Zomer

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