Image

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Cyrano de Bergerac, 1977

Photographer

Tom Haartsen

Cyrano de Bergerac

1977
Late period
paper
watercolour
Collection unknown

CID

6356

Only available in black and white.

Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. There was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, and the play is a fictionalisation following the broad outlines of his life. Hercule Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, a cadet (nobleman serving as a soldier) in the French Army, is a brash, strong-willed man of many talents. In addition to being a remarkable duelist, he is a gifted, joyful poet and is also a musical artist. However, he has an obnoxiously large nose, which causes him to doubt himself. This doubt prevents him from expressing his love for his distant cousin, the beautiful and intellectual Roxane, as he believes that his ugliness would prevent him the "dream of being loved by even an ugly woman."

The entire play is written in verse, in rhyming couplets of twelve syllables per line, very close to the classical alexandrine form, but the verses sometimes lack a caesura. It is also meticulously researched, down to the names of the members of the Académie française and the dames précieuses glimpsed before the performance in the first scene.

The play has been translated and performed many times, and is responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language.Cyrano (the character) is in fact famed for his panache, and he himself makes reference to "my panache" in the play. The two most famous English translations are those by Brian Hooker and Anthony Burgess.

    Signed/dated

    Signed, dated and titled Constant '77 Cyrano de Bergerac, bottom right in pencil

    Provenance

    1977 Constant
    Tags
    Literature
    Man
    Poet
    Poetry
    Portrait

    Frame dimensions

    No

    Image

    Constant Nieuwenhuys-Le poète [I], 1980

    Photographer

    Tom Haartsen

    Le poète [I]

    1980
    Late period
    paper
    watercolour
    Collection unknown

    CID

    3255

      English title

      The Poet

      Signed/dated

      Signed Constant, bottom center in blue watercolor
      Tags
      Art
      Brown
      Green
      Man
      People
      Poet
      Poetry
      Red
      White

      Frame dimensions

      No

      Image

      Constant Nieuwenhuys-Dichter und Bauer, ca 1980

      Photographer

      Tom Haartsen

      Dichter und Bauer

      1980
      Late period
      paper
      watercolour
      Private collection, NL

      CID

      2813

      Circa 1980

        English title

        Poet and Farmer

        Signed/dated

        Signed Constant, bottom left in red pencil. Titled Dichter und Bauer, bottom left in brown pencil.
        Tags
        Art
        People
        Poet
        Poetry

        Frame dimensions

        58 x 68 cm

        Image

        Constant Nieuwenhuys-Homère, ca 1980

        Photographer

        Tom Haartsen

        Homère

        1980
        Late period
        59,5cm
        x 45,0cm
        paper
        watercolour
        Private collection, NL

        CID

        2359

        Circa 1980

          English title

          Homer

          Alternate titles

          Homerus
          1981

          Signed/dated

          Signed Constant, bottom right in black watercolor

          Provenance

          1980 ca Constant
          Collection Adèle van Rijckevorsel, NL (gift)
          2017 Collection heirs Adèle van Rijckevorsel, NL
          Tags
          Art
          Literature
          Man
          Myth
          People
          Poet
          Portrait

          Frame dimensions

          No

          Image

          Constant Nieuwenhuys-ZT/Dichter, 1991

          Photographer

          Tom Haartsen

          ZT/Dichter

          1991
          Late period
          38,0cm
          x 31,0cm
          paper
          watercolour
          Collection Fondation Constant, NL

          CID

          1482

            English title

            No Title/Poet

            Signed/dated

            Signed and dated Constant '91, bottom right in pencil

            Provenance

            1991 Constant
            2005 Collection Fondation Constant
            Tags
            Art
            Man
            Pink
            Poet
            Yellow

            Frame dimensions

            60 x 54 x 3 cm

            Image

            Constant Nieuwenhuys-Baudelaire, 1979

            Photographer

            Tom Haartsen

            Baudelaire

            1979
            Late period
            60,0cm
            x 44,5cm
            paper
            watercolour
            Collection Kunstmuseum Den Haag, NL

            CID

            1205

              Signed/dated

              Signed Constant, bottom right in pencil
              Tags
              Art
              Man
              People
              Poet
              Portrait

              Frame dimensions

              nee

              Image

              Constant Nieuwenhuys-Het proces 14a, 1978

              Photographer

              Tom Haartsen

              Het proces 14a

              1978
              Late period
              ink
              paper
              Private collection, NL

              CID

              1157

              A unique album of 12 original sketches & texts by Constant and 13 photo's of the painting The Trial by Victor E. Nieuwenhuys bound together by Boekbinderij van de Woestijne in Middelburg. In his texts Constant uses quotes from Baudelaire.

              The Trial was painted between March 1st and September 1st 1978, oil on linnen, 185 x 275 cm.

                English title

                The Trial 14a

                Provenance

                1978 Constant
                Private collection, NL (gift)
                Tags
                Justice
                Man
                People
                Poet
                Poetry

                Frame dimensions

                No

                Image

                Constant Nieuwenhuys-Het proces 12a, 1978

                Photographer

                Tom Haartsen

                Het proces 12a

                1978
                Late period
                ink
                paper
                Private collection, NL

                CID

                1154

                A unique album of 12 original sketches & texts by Constant and 13 photo's of the painting The Trial by Victor E. Nieuwenhuys bound together by Boekbinderij van de Woestijne in Middelburg. In his texts Constant uses quotes from Baudelaire.

                The Trial was painted between March 1st and September 1st 1978, oil on linnen, 185 x 275 cm.

                  English title

                  The Trial 12a

                  Provenance

                  1978 Constant
                  Private collection, NL (gift)
                  Tags
                  Poet
                  Poetry

                  Frame dimensions

                  No

                  Image

                  Constant Nieuwenhuys-Het proces 03a, 1978

                  Photographer

                  Tom Haartsen

                  Het proces 03a

                  1978
                  Late period
                  ink
                  paper
                  Private collection, NL

                  CID

                  1142

                  A unique album of 12 original sketches & texts by Constant and 13 photo's of the painting The Trial by Victor E. Nieuwenhuys bound together by Boekbinderij van de Woestijne in Middelburg. In his texts Constant uses quotes from Baudelaire.

                  The Trial was painted between March 1st and September 1st 1978, oil on linnen, 185 x 275 cm.

                    English title

                    The Trial 03a

                    Provenance

                    1978 Constant
                    Private collection, NL (gift)
                    Tags
                    Poet
                    Poetry

                    Frame dimensions

                    No

                    Image

                    Constant Nieuwenhuys-De dichter, 1989

                    Photographer

                    Tom Haartsen

                    Le poète

                    1989
                    Late period
                    44,6cm
                    x 34,7cm
                    paper
                    watercolour
                    Collection Fondation Constant, NL

                    CID

                    546

                      English title

                      Poet

                      Signed/dated

                      Signed and dated Constant '89, bottom right in pencil on white fond

                      Provenance

                      1989 Constant
                      Tags
                      Man
                      People
                      Poet
                      Portrait

                      Frame dimensions

                      67,8 x 57,5 x 2,8 cm