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Cheap imitations

Cheap imitations, 2008 - Matthieu Ronsse

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about this work

The selected work seem to have been subject to abuse. Cheap Imitations
shows a battered copy of a detail from the painting Doubting Thomas, by
Gerrit van Hontshorst (NL 1590-1656) leaving traces of sweat, tears, stains
and paint like a silent witness of everyday life in the studio of the artist. By
scaling the reality Ronsse creates a kind of trompe l’oeil as a wink to the
technical possibilities today at Fotorama. A push from the classical idea of
perfection and into the current artistic world of few boundaries.

about Matthieu Ronsse

Matthieu Ronsse is one of the most promising painters of his generation. Blending everyday still lifes with pin-up girls and elements inspired by Da Vinci, Goya or Velazquez, who used their painterly techniques to render subjects and scenes centuries ago. Ronsse is taking these techniques and exposing them to the current perceptions of painting. In other words, he is not mastering the paintbrush in order to preserve this classical painting style, but using it as a foundation for his exploration into the relevance of classical painting in today’s
contemporary society.

(courtesy Almine Rech Gallery)

Matthieu Ronsse has had numerous solo exhibitions at, among others, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; and Kunstwerk Cologne. Group exhibitions include Maison Particulière, Brussels; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Marta Herford; Muzee, Oostende; and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

Matthieu Ronsse is represented by the following galleries;
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Almine Rech Gallery, Paris / Brussels / London / New York

Luis Campana, Berlin


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