Middle Gate Geel '13
To this day, Armand Bouten is one of the artists we tend to forget, unrightfully so. He can be seen as an important representative of Dutch Expressionism, despite never knowing success while being alive and dying in dire poverty. As a young man he travelled to the Balkan many times. These travels and the time he spent in Paris are an important step in the evolution of his art. After experimenting with cubism, Bouten quickly focusses on freedom of expression: under the influence of Marc Chagall, who displayed the same stylistic overtone at the time, Bouten painting strong figures in bright colours.
Upon his move to Amsterdam, Boutons oil canvases become darker: he starts painting ominous figures surrounded by a world of prostitution and darkness. His poems are also a depiction of a pessimistic and melancholic view of society.