Description & Technical information

In a letter to Paul Van Ostaijen from 8 February 1921, which includes a sketch of the painting, Paul Joostens offers an
‘explanation’ of this festive painting, that dances in its whirling lines and wild colours: ‘Everything that’s festive, the hour of the clock, the guests, the musicians (violin), the palms, the curtain, the perfumes, the champagne ... But all comes down to plucking the large erotical plantanimal-human-form-female fruit! That’s all there is to say about it. It remains Impression of the feast - so it’s not necessary to bore a hole through the painting in order to
understand it.’

Date:  1917
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Belgium
Medium: Oil on paper, Laid down on canvas
Signature: Signed lower left: P. Joostens

Dimensions: 88.5 x 90 cm (34⁷/₈ x 35³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Maurice Van Essche (director of Ça Ira), Antwerp
R. Rommens, Antwerp
Private collection, Antwerp

Literature: Georges Marlier, L’oeuvre plastique de Paul Joostens, Antwerp, 1923, ill. p.41
Jean F. Buyck, Antwerp The New Spring, Antwerp, 1991, colour ill. p. 303
Peter J.H. Pauwels, Pauwels, Huib Hoste en zijn tijdgenoten. Belgische Avant-Garde 1914-1930, Knokke, Gallery Ronny Van de Velde/Delen Private Bank, 2018, pp.146-147
Exhibitions: Herford, MARTA, 2008, Ad Absurdum, illustrated
Knokke, Huib Hostes Huis, Huib Hoste en zijn tijdgenoten. Belgische Avant-Garde 1914-1930, 2018
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints