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“[…] there is a fundamental narcissism for all vision. And thus, for the same reason, the vision he [the seer] exercises, he also undergoes from the things, such that, as many painters have said, I feel myself looked at by the things, my activity is equally passivity […], so that the seer and the visible reciprocate one another and we no longer know which sees and which is seen.“ Merleau-Ponty, L’œil et l’esprit (Eye and Mind), 1961, p. 256

“And it’s awful for me, my eyes stay riveted to the tree trunk, to a clod of earth. It’s painful for me to tear them away when something has a hold on me.” Conversations with Cézanne, Gasquet, “What He Told Me …”, 1912/1913, p. 117

Surfaces — Space — Depth — Totality “So it is logical that I no longer take any notice of surfaces, that I feel I am a focal point in space: alone against space, alone against nothingness.” Verheyen, untitled, 1958

“My painted spaces are the unspoilt beaches and fields of a new world of colour.” Verheyen, Etwas über Maler und Malen (Something About Painters and Painting), undated

“Nature is not on the surface, it is in depth; colours are the expression of this surface and thus depth. They reveal the origins of the world.” Conversations with Cézanne, Gasquet, “What He Told Me …”, 1912/1913, p. 124

Jef Verheyen, Söll (Austria) 1981. Photo: Anna Lenz, Archive Collection Lenz Schönberg

“I can’t claim that I always achieved what I thought of as one-dimensionality, In fact, that’s the way it should be. My paintings shouldn’t be read spatially, but perceived as a whole.” Verheyen, interview, 1973, p 7

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Profile for Studio Luc Derycke

Jef Verheyen  

monography of the works of Jef Verheyen

Jef Verheyen  

monography of the works of Jef Verheyen

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