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Lot 262: New old portrait of Queen Elizabeth I by Natasja Kensmil

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- KENSMIL, Natasja (Dutch 1973). The Old, 2009. Oil on canvas, with impasto technique, signed, dated and titled 'NATASHA KENSMIL 'THE OLD' 2009' (on the reverse), with a label of Galerie Andriesse Eyck, Amsterdam (on the stretcher). Very good condition.

Dimensions

150 x 150 cm.

Artist or Maker

KENSMIL, Natasja (Dutch 1973).

Literature

Stevenson, M. Natasja Kensmil: Frozen Queen. Cape Town, Stevenson, 2010, pp. 6, 7, & cover
Dumas, M., Eyck, Z., & Krop, E. Natasja Kensmil: A Poison Tree. Alauda Publications, 2021, p. 58
Zeil, W van., Dumas, M. Natasja Kensmil: Crying Light. Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy, 2013, pp. 7-8

Provenance

Private collection; Andriesse Eyck Galerie, Amsterdam

Notes

The interest in the works of Natasja Kensmil is steadily increasing as the artist is getting more and more attention in the museum world and on the art market. Her painting 'Huwelijksportret van Johan de Witt en Wendela Bicker' was recently selected for the December exhibition 'In the Presence of Absence' at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In November 2021 the artist was awarded the Johannes Vermeer Prijs - one of the most prestigious fine arts prizes in the Netherlands. At the moment Kensmil's pieces are on display alongside the 17th century group portraits in the Amsterdam Museum's wing of the Hermitage, Amsterdam as part of the new project called 'Monuments of Regents'. This does not come as a surprise since contemporary museums strive to offer a critical perspective on the widely contested history of the Golden Age and that is exactly what the artist does. Kensmil's work establishes a transhistorical dialogue with the group portraits of regents, civil guards and guild members resulting in a fresh view on the values and culture, art and heritage, and crimes and shadows of the past. This critical reflection is also apparent in 'The Old' which portrays Queen Elizabeth I. In Natasja's own words: "Elizabeth I was one of the greatest queen figures. I am not only fascinated by her appearance as a great power but also by the way she held on to this power. Although she was regarded as a loving queen, especially in England, there was a dark side to her reign too. In the time that she ruled England, witchcraft and witch hunts occurred. Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn, was accused of being a witch and sentenced to death, yet Elizabeth I granted permission for the killing of witches and many innocent people. She was probably concerned about being accused of being a witch herself – she could have inherited her mother’s witchcraft. Another strong concern of hers was the suppression of the Catholic Church. These different factors instilled in her a fear of losing the throne and even her life, and forced her to be a severe and merciless sovereign." (Stevenson, M. Natasja Kensmil: Frozen Queen. 2010, p. 3)

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