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Tunis (Tunis On My Mind), 1988
Willem de Looper

36-color Serigraph, numbered and signed edition of 150

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$900 Non-Member

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In 1983, Willem de Looper, inspired by his wife's tales and slides of the land and seascapes of Tunisia, created an acrylic painting titled Tunis I. Commissioned by The Smithsonian Associates in 1988 to translate Tunis I into print form, de Looper created a 36-color Serigraph entitled Tunis.

This work employs large fields of closely valued color in subtle hues of blue, beige, and white, and café au lait connoting sky, wind, sand, and sea, with vibrant accents of red, yellow, and green. With its interplay of rich textures, the work suggests a lively, imaginary landscape. When studying the work the viewer is generally overcome by an amazing sense of peace.

Willem de Looper (1932-2009, The Hague, Netherlands,) was a painter and curator who studied art at American University. An acclaimed Washington painter and member of the Washington Colorist School, his work is in permanent collections at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Philips Collection, the National Gallery of Art and in many private collections.

He has had one-man shows at the Jefferson Gallery, the Max Protetch Gallery, Catholic University, American University, Gallery L in Hamburg, and many others.

Special Information: Serigraph of 36 Naz-dar flat finish inks through hand cut and lacquer brushed stencils. Numbered and signed edition of 150 printed on Bainbridge two-ply rag. Sold unframed. Comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Smithsonian.

Image Dimensions: 28 5/8 x 36 3/4 inches

Paper Dimensions: 32 3/16 x 40 3/16 inches

Produced by: Lou Stovall, Workshop, Inc.