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Margriet Smulders (1955-)

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  • SMULDERS, MARGRIET Asklepios. 2007. C-Print auf Diasec. 125 x 253cm Ex

  • SMULDERS, MARGRIET For Jan van Huysum II. 2006. C-Print auf Diasec. 89

  • SMULDERS, MARGRIET La volupte pure. 2006. C-Print auf Diasec. 162 x 12

  • SMULDERS, MARGRIET Amor vincit I. 2005. C-Print auf Diasec. 162 x 125c

Margriet Smulders Biography

Margriet Smulders is best known for her self-portraits and photographs of her family. Her constructed portraits of domestic life were included in the exhibition "Who's looking at the Family? at the Barbican Art Gallery, London in 1994 . Like Sally Mann she featured her own family in this series. She specializes in portrait photography, mostly portraying family portraits and working people proud in heir work and their relationships. She currently lives and works in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Like the works of other contemporary Dutch photographers, such as Rineke Dijkstra, Desiree Dolron, and Carla van den Puttelaar her works show influences of Dutch Golden Age painting in their composition, use of light and color, and rendering of textures and surfaces.

To achieve her photographic effects, she utilizes film rather than digital photography. Most of her works are titled mythological figures or dedicated to inspirational painters, enhancing the effect of alienation, while retaining a strong element of eroticism.

Since 1999 when she saw an exhibition on voluptuous Dutch floral still-lives of the seventeenth century at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam she has worked on an ongoing series of floral still life photographs. Her photographs of flowers are highly ambivalent. Inspired by the classical arrangements of the seventeenth century still lifes Margriet Smulders arranges theaters of flowers on big mirrors, using silk and inks which comment on beauty and decay. The flowers float and appear to be on the edge of disintegration.
Bibliography

2002 Sirene Verlangen en verleiding Margriet Smulders. Text: Pietje Tegenbosch.
2006 Get drunk. Essay: Robbert Roos. Preface: Danielle Lokin.
2010 Margriet Smulders Artist for 25 years. Text: Ellen Harris, Matthias Harder, Francis Wells (among others).
2012 What Makes Great Photography: 80 Masterpieces explained Text: Val Williams. Apple Press.

Collections

EON Energy München, Bibliothèque National de Paris, Akzo Nobel Art Foundation Arnhem, Valkhof Museum Nijmegen, Museum Het Prinsenhof Delft, COFF Foundation San Sebastián, White & Young Eng. BV Londen, Delta Lloyd N.V. Amsterdam, Noord Brabants Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Achmea Artcollection Zeist, VODW Artcollection Leusden, Houthoff Buruma, Museum Flehite Amersfoort.

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  • SMULDERS, MARGRIET Amor vincit I. 2005. C-Print auf Diasec. 162 x 125c, Margriet Smulders, Click for value View Details
  • SMULDERS, MARGRIET La volupte pure. 2006. C-Print auf Diasec. 162 x 12, Margriet Smulders, Click for value View Details
  • SMULDERS, MARGRIET For Jan van Huysum II. 2006. C-Print auf Diasec. 89, Margriet Smulders, Click for value View Details
  • SMULDERS, MARGRIET Asklepios. 2007. C-Print auf Diasec. 125 x 253cm Ex, Margriet Smulders, Click for value View Details

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