René Korten

The Netherlands (1957)

With René Korten, painting is a process involving an alternation of action and reaction, immediacy and reflection. While allowing, in one phase, the fluid paint to find its own way or aiming, in his manner of painting, for a seemingly messy nonchalance, in the subsequent phase he regains control and experiments extensively with the placement of a line or the undulations of a contour, as small shifts can make all the difference. Testing the visual potential of opposing elements, Korten approaches painting as a bridled free-rein activity.