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Two Scholars, Einstein

Carel Willink (in 1932)

Willink’s work is suffused with irony, especially his early work. It is true of ‘Late Visitors to Pompeii’ in this gallery and it is also true of this painting depicting an encounter between two scholars. The man on the left is recognisable as the world-famous mathematician and physicist Albert Einstein. Their respectable gowns contrast with the makeshift fence, which presumably conceals a building site. In the distance the Siegessäule in Berlin rises up next to a neoclassical villa. This is a clash of worlds.


Title Two Scholars, Einstein
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 05
Dimensions (general) Thickness : 2 cm
Height : 75 cm
Width : 94,3 cm
Makers Painter: Carel Willink
Accession number BRL 94-03 (MK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Sylvia Willink 1994
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1994
Age maker About 32 years old
Exhibitions Carel Willink (2000)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions De Melancholieke Metropool: stadsbeelden tussen magie en realisme, 1925-1950 (2013)
Material Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Amsterdam > North Holland > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Carel Willink

Amsterdam 1900 - Amsterdam 1983