Friendship exhibition "en Plein-air"

from September 19

To admire from September 19th to November 17th, 2019

What better to show than the work of soul mates in painting, thought Juane Xue, the owner of National Gallery The Netherlands. So she invited two painters, who usually paint outside and put the atmosphere, light and quality of the place on the canvas with quick strokes. This style of working is called plein-air.

The Groningen painter Joost Doornik is a former colleague of Xue and mainly shows landscapes and interiors. He is known for his colorful paintings that stand out for their individuality and clever paint treatment. In cafe interiors the incoming sunlight is filtered, making the space appear enveloped in a purple glow. The presence of people can always be felt; not only in the interiors and cityscapes, but also in the landscapes

Hans Versfelt is from Breda. His subjects are varied. A warm beach on a summer’s day, cumulus clouds over a grazing herd in the spring, the light of a shop window reflecting on a wet road surface, an interior or a portrait. He also always paints on the spot and after perception. Now he exhibits his landscapes. For Versfelt it is important to stand for the subject. The changing elements force fast painting. By being there you feel the atmosphere of the place and that influences the work. He also paints in striking areas but also manages to achieve a form of detail that commands admiration.

Hans Versfelt

The subjects painted by Hans Versfelt from Breda are varied, such as a warm beach on a summer’s day, stacking clouds over a grazing herd in the spring, the light of a shop window reflecting on a wet road surface, an interior or a portrait. What connects the various subjects is that they have always been painted on site and according to perception from the first set-up to the last brush stroke. Paintings en plein-air reflect the hectic pace of the city or the melancholic atmosphere of a bare winter landscape in his paintings.

Joost Doornik

The Groningen painter Joost Doornik is always on the road with sketchbook, easel and oil paint to make his work everywhere and in every season.

Joost Doornik is known for his colorful paintings that stand out for their individuality and clever paint treatment. In cafe interiors the incoming sunlight is filtered, making the space appear enveloped in a purple glow. The presence of people can always be felt; not only in the interiors and cityscapes, but also in the landscapes. The smooth but carefully placed light provides a special and recognizable fabric expression. It is special to see how much is told with few details on the canvas.