Paintings and Works on Paper

Marian Plug

8 June to 25 August 2019

Open every day except Monday, from 12 to 6 pm

 

This summer, alongside Frans Hals’s family portraits, the Fondation Custodia presents works by the Dutch painter and graphic artist Marian Plug (born 1937). The rooms in the lower ground floor host watercolours and prints produced by her over the past sixty years, as well as a selection of twenty-one recent oil paintings.

Presentation

Marian Plug, Yellow III, 2013
Oil on canvas. – 115 × 125 cm
Photo: Pieter Boersma, Amsterdam
© ADAGP, Paris, 2019

The choice of Marian Plug’s works for the exhibition is based on the evocation of nature. Mountains, forest, rocks and plenty of water. Plug is a latter-day romantic landscape artist: she uses more or less the same ingredients as Caspar David Friedrich two centuries ago, but in her case, they become more pictorial forms than conveyors of meaning. A beach in the evening provides a pretext for the juxtaposition of a cold midnight blue with a warm pink. An artificial lake is first and foremost an intense blue shape that gradually grows lighter. A bush, an explosion of yellow.

Marian Plug, Sauve, 1963
Watercolour. – 25,5 × 44 cm
Photo: Henni van Beek, Amsterdam
© ADAGP, Paris, 2019

Marian Plug’s watercolours are painted directly from nature, often during her holidays in France, Spain or Great Britain. The paintings however are all independent works. Each has its own origin, sometimes inspired by a memory. They are reconstructed later in the studio, from her imagination. ‘When I am outside, I cannot think straight’, she explains in the catalogue. ‘My attention is drawn to what I see. Painting in the studio is quite different.’

Marian Plug, Current, 2012
Oil on canvas. – 115 × 125 cm
Photo: Pieter Boersma, Amsterdam
© ADAGP, Paris, 2019

A landscape of the South of France will give above all the impression of ‘scorching summer’. A rainbow arches like a sculpture in the landscape, ‘its feet plunged into the grass’. A wave is a ‘trumpet of foam in a rough sea’. A high waterfall in Ireland becomes a flash of white lightning, shining even as night falls.

‘I am not an abstract painter’, Marian Plug claims, ‘I need representation. But I use it. The painting emerges out of figuration’.

 

 

Catalogue

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (in French and Dutch) in which the artist is interviewed in depth about her work by Gijsbert van der Wal.

Marian Plug. Peintures et œuvres sur papier
Fondation Custodia, 2019
119 pp., 25,5 × 19 cm, soft cover
25,00 €

French edition: ISBN 978 90 6868 794 1

To order this book, please fill out the form below. You will receive an invoice by e-mail, including package and postage fees. Payments can be made by bank transfer.

Dutch edition: ISBN 978 90 6868 787 3

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Practical Information

Address

Fondation Custodia / Collection Frits Lugt
121, rue de Lille - 75007 Paris
France
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 05 75 19
coll.lugt@fondationcustodia.fr
www.fondationcustodia.fr

Access by public transport

Metro: Assemblée Nationale (line 12) or Invalides (lines 8 and 13)
RER C: Invalides or Musée d’Orsay
Bus: lines 63, 73, 83, 84, 94, Assemblée Nationale
Vélib’: station opposite (n° 7009)

Opening hours

Every day except Monday, from 12 to 6 pm

Admission charges

Admission charges 10 € (full) / 7 € (reduced)
The reduced rate is available to seniors (over 60), unemployed people, groups of at least 10 people

Free admission: students, press card, ICOM card, disabled person’s card

No online reservations

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