After the first, rather formal, observations, I’m interested in what the paintings have to tell me. The artist allows that to be my story, I’m released by her ability to stir emotion through her painting.

I experience the proximity of the painter to the subject, working at close distance and the blurring of strict boundaries. They’re blurred by the idea that I’m looking at where the eye of the artist fell. She knows the subject, she knows the body of the fabric, she knows it inside out. And it seems as though the work carries me to the studio, not as a voyeur, but as a guest, whose head is guided by the artist’s hand to her vision, and she says, “Look, this is what I see.”

Jaap Nijstad

art historian