Dutch stories

Patricija Jurkšaitytė2011

Lewben Art Foundation

Lewben Art Foundation
Vilnius, Lithuania

Using unique logic and strategies Patricija Jurkšaitytė repaints works of the old masters transforming them, cleaning the interiors from tediously significant foreground human figures, freeing them of symbols and leaving only scarce references to the initial source and condemning them for the games of postmodernist interpretations about the repetition of a repetition or the copy of a copy.
Genre paintings of small format intended for bourgeois living rooms became popular in the 17th century Netherlands and the painters of such works were dubbed Dutch Little Masters. Patricija Jurkšaitytė transforms the paintings of the Dutch Little Masters, repaints their interiors using a deformed technique of the old masters and borrowing their lighting, interior elements and pieces of furniture. The interiors of antique houses and chapels are transplanted into spaces of former Soviet factories now occupied by stores of second-hand footwear from the Netherlands. It is interesting to observe the artist’s principles of image construction. Although Patricija Jurkšaitytė remains loyal to the old masters, the play with space and time has become much more apparent. The construction of the space of the painting creates an impression that the image is held together by some supernatural forces floating in the air just above the earth to emphasize their incorporeality, but to keep their distance from God.
Patricija Jurkšaitytė chooses antique furniture store interiors that on their own accord are an imitation of something that could be considered authentic and valuable merely because history is considered valuable in general. However, there are so many images of art and architecture from both the old Netherlands and the Soviet Union that the manipulation by intertwining and combining them, and transplanting them in the present becomes like a dream which depends on the dreamer himself/herself.


  • Title: Dutch stories
  • Creator: Patricija Jurkšaitytė
  • Date: 2011
  • Physical Dimensions: w59 x h81 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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