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Pyke Koch
(1901 Ubbergen – Utrecht 1991)

” Voetballers 11”, circa 1958

Tempera on paper on board
23 x 30 cm
Signed ‘P.K.’ (lower right)
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Notes

Koch is one of the most important representatives of neo- or magical realism in the Netherlands, a movement in which painting is done in a realistic way, but representations are made that are possible, but not likely. He painted in great detail. It is precisely because of the many details in his work that people have started to look for hidden meanings in it. It is said that there are all kinds of references to events from his own life. In much of his work it is clear that he was inspired by earlier periods in art history. The work of Piero della Francesca in particular has greatly influenced him.

“At the end of the fifties, Koch started a series of small paintings, usually in tempera on paper, which were intended to represent the twelve months of the year. He got motives from sports and games, such as: swimming, soccer, neighborhood play and golf. The game of football appealed to him most. He painted five variations. One of the most remarkable is this particular panel. Football is played at night. The ball is missing. There is no audience. The goal posts are decorated with flowers. There is an image of an angel on the field. A crane has fallen over in the background. A finely painted panel, but full of riddles.” (Written by drs. Loek Brons fora n exhibit)

A study for a larger version of the painting has been preserved (private collection).

Provenance

– Gift of mr. and mrs. Theodore W. Koch to the Minnesota Museum of Art (previously the Saint Paul Gallery and School of Art) Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA;
– 1990 Christie’s Amsterdam Sale, lot nr. 266, p. 78
– drs. Loek Brons BV, Amsterdam;
– private collection, The Netherlands.

Exhibition

– 1958 Utrecht, no. 3 of 4 (onzeker): 1960 Saint Paul, no.9, met afb. (Soccer Players {night})

Literature

– C. Blotkamp, “Pyke Koch”, Utrecht 1972, p. 32, ill. 1 & p. 172, ill. Nr. 62. ; Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, “Catalogus Pyke Koch, schilderijen en tekeningen” Rotterdam, 1995, p. 231.

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