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Constant Nieuwenhuys-La belle noiseuse, 1992
photo: Tom Haartsen

La belle noiseuse

1992
81.5cm x 100.1cm
linen, oil paint
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL

The title La belle noiseuse appears in a short story by Honoré de Balzac, Le Chef-d'œuvre inconnu (The unknown masterpiece) from 1831.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Overreden hond, 1970
photo: Tom Haartsen

Overreden hond

1977
100.5cm x 105.4cm
linen, oil paint
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
Constant Nieuwenhuys-De ontmoeting van Ubu en Justine, 1975
photo: Tom Haartsen

De ontmoeting van Ubu en Justine

1975
190.2cm x 200.2cm
linen, oil paint
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL

In this work Constant brings together the fictional characters Justine and King Ubu, created respectively by Marquis de Sade (1791) and Alfred Jarry (1888). With this painting he references the silent majority as popularized by the U.S. president Richard Nixon in his speech of November 3, 1969. In the painting Justine embodies the silent majority meeting the idiot characterized by Ubu.

Constant Nieuwenhuys, 40000 ton bommen op Hanoi, 1973
photo: Tom Haartsen

40.000 Ton bommen op Hanoi

1973
89.3cm x 94.7cm
crayon, newspaper, paper, watercolor
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
Constant Nieuwenhuys-Mobiel labyrinth E.S.R. New Babylon, 1966
photo: Tom Haartsen

Mobiel labyrinth E.S.R. New Babylon

1966
128.2cm x 140.3cm
paper, pencil
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
Constant Nieuwenhuys-Homo Ludens, 1964
photo: Tom Haartsen

Homo ludens

1964
158.8cm x 183.9cm
linen, oil paint
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL

After reading Johan Huizinga's book Homo Ludens (Man at Play) of Johan Huizinga Constant develops his ideas for New Babylon the futuristic city for the creative man at play.

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Courants d’air, 1961
photo: Tom Haartsen

Courants d’air

1961
39.0cm x 62.0cm
ink, paper
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
Constant Nieuwenhuys-Spatiovore III, 1959-6
photo: Tom Haartsen

Spatiovore [III]

1959
24.7cm x 41.0cm x 55.8cm
aluminum, metal, plexiglass, wood
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
Constant Nieuwenhuys-Chilla III, ca 1957
photo: Tom Haartsen

Chilla [III]

1957
102.0cm x 92.3cm
cotton
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL

No year of fabrication known, estimate is 1957

Constant Nieuwenhuys-Chilla II, 1957
photo: Tom Haartsen

Chilla [II]

1957
435.0cm x 92.5cm
cotton
Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL

Clothing Fabric

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