Matthieu Ronsse painted an entire room of the Raveel Museum in Machelen aan de Leie, in late 2019. His work embraced the entire space, door and fireplace included. After the exhibition, the work would disappear – in fact, that was a condition for participating. However, his murals made such an impression that the museum decided to keep them.
While painting the room in the Raveel Museum, Matthieu Ronsse made a series of monotypes by placing sheets of newspaper on the newly painted, wet walls and thus transferring part of the image to paper. In this way, he ensured that the work, originally ephemeral in nature, would still leave its mark. He used the newspaper of the day on which he made the prints, thus anchoring a series of images in time. He did this in 12 unique pieces (unique prints or monotypes). At a later stage, Ronsse applied further touches of paint to these prints and some of the sheets were even used by the artist to mix his paint. The result of this is a series of unique works, in which we recognize nods to Rembrandt, Cézanne, Velázquez and Lucian Freud.