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ANTON VAN DIJCK (1599-1641) - the Andy Warhol of the 17th century; magnificent E3 Flemish painter

ANTON VAN DIJCK (1599-1641) - the Andy Warhol of the 17th century; magnificent E3 Flemish painter


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Posted by Jan den Breejen on June 02, 1999 at 15:04:19:

ANTON VAN DIJCK (1599-1641) - the Andy Warhol of the 17th century; magnificent E3 Flemish painter

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp has a current large exhibition on Anton van Dyck (he has a great web site!). For those who associate E3-ishness with todays capitalist society; its good to read about this painter. He was very E3;
- Super-ambitious imitator and thereby opportunistic. He befriended the master painter Rubens untill he knew the tricks of the trade; then he competed to become the most famous painter
- exhibitionist 'star status' expensive clothes, much golden jewelry: this irritated his collegue painters; head with plume, golden chain donated by the duke of Mantua: status/image sensitivity
- first portrait at 14 years; which age he painted proudly on the work; self confident; starting his own little painting 'factory' at 16 years of age.
- so goal focussed that he didn't have any interest in learning other languages (even when he lived for many years in Italy and London) or other arts (many USA E3 todays businssmen also arrogantly refuse to learn non-usa things)
- focus on the money generating portrait business; few religious or mythological subjects in his paintings; also many 'jet set' friends (kings, dukes)
- going to Italy to imitate Titaan's succesful painting techniques
- his painting factory produced cheap (85% discount) copies of his original paintings made by assistents
- work-a-holic even when ill he was 100% productive as painter

Also a clear enneatype can be found in his mistress in London; E2 Margaret Lemon; she was a kind of 'fatal attraction' hysterical bomb of relationally jealous emotional outbursts; especially when he painted woman who came without chapperone. She was called 'a dangerous woman' and 'demon of jealousy'. She tried to bite of his dumb in an hysterial rage.

Visit the Antwerp exhibition!

Jan



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