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The Shooting gallery

The Shooting Gallery

Pyke Koch (in 1931)

An imposing woman stands in a shooting gallery. With one hand on her side, her robust build and her dark eyes, it is difficult to ignore her. Two guns lie at the ready on the counter in front of her. A third gun lies next to them; probably it has just been fired at the cardboard figures behind the woman. These figures assume all sorts of amusing poses. Look, for example, at the man on the right who is taking a lion by the nose. The pipes are intended to be shot at, but they can also be interpreted as Freudian symbols for the male sex. Koch produced this painting in 1931 and, taking into account the considerable interest at the time in Sigmund Freud's dream theory, it is not unlikely that Koch was aware of that symbolism. Political turmoil, unemployment and increasing poverty characterised the years between the two world wars, the period in which Koch produced this painting. The dark colours, the cold light and the almost threatening attitude of the woman make this ominous time almost tangible in the painting.


Title The Shooting Gallery
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 05
Dimensions (general) Height : 170 cm
Width : 130 cm
Makers Painter: Pyke Koch
Accession number 1425 (MK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: Vrienden van het museum / Friends of the Museum 1931
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1931
Age maker About 30 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions In de schaduw van morgen. (2012)
De wereld van Pyke Koch (2017)
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Utrecht > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Pyke Koch

Beek 1901 - Utrecht 1991