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Galerie Goutal : Erik Hijweege : Loin de Tout


Galerie Goutal presents for the first time in France, in Aix-en-Provence, the work of Dutch photographer Erik Hijweege.

Born in the Netherlands in 1963, Erik Hijweege has exhibited in many museums including the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam and the Oude Kerk Museum.

His works have been included in prestigious collections: ABN AMRO New York, BNP Paribas, SNS Bank, Hermitage Netherlands, BVDM Moscow, ABN AMRO Netherlands, Pels Rijcken, Madurodam, Natuurhistorisch Museum…

Surveyor of remote lands, Erik Hijweege has been capturing the power of nature for 15 years and offers us a work of great magnitude.

Hijweege has been dedicated since the late 90s to capturing the beauty and power of nature: thunderstorms, snow-capped mountains, impenetrable fog, clouds of starlings are the subjects to which this indefatigable traveler attaches himself.

When photography rivals the golden age of Dutch painting.

The imprint of the golden age of Dutch painting can be found in his photographs where the work around chiaroscuro is remarkable: the enigmatic landscapes often at twilight  are pierced with a subtle and unreal light.

Photographs carrying an environmental message.

In an ultra-connected, noisy world, where buildings are eating away at and threatening our horizons, Erik Hijweege is worried about the multiple threats that weigh on the planet. In his works, the presence of man is only a derisory trace in the face of the immensity of a silent and immutable Nature. Here, a farm appears, crushed by a sublime sky evoking Turner, there a tiny toy-like boat sails along majestic and impenetrable hills.

The revival of romanticism.

Through his photography, Erik shows us all the beauty and mysteries of Nature. The shades of stormy skies, the mist that drapes the mountains at nightfall, the starlings that fill the sky, compose poetic and enigmatic choreographies.

The choice of the large format reinforces this feeling of the sublime. The author renews through the prism of photography the romantic genre and like the work of Gaspard Friedrich: “The Traveler contemplating a sea of ​​clouds” (1818), he invites us to reconnect with Nature.


Erik Hijweege : Loin de Tout
From October 13 to November 19, 2022
Galerie Goutal
3ter rue Fernand Dol
13100 Aix-en-Provence

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