Hard-Edge Realism / “Train Depôt Doors” Netherlands, 1978
Realismo de borde duro / “Puertas del depósito del ferrocarril” Holanda, 1978
Hard-Edge Realism, 1977
Train Depôt Doors, 1978
The Train Depôt Doors, 1978, are actual-size reproductions of the yellow and black stripes van der Grijn encountered on actual Dutch train depôt doors. This was the ultimate expression of Hard-Edge Realism. It is significant that when you look at the paintings, they don’t seem to be in any way mechanical representations of reality, they seem like wonder-human touch. At the time, van der Grijn wrote: “With the Train Depôt Doors I’ve tried to recognize the challenge of hard-edge subjects pushed to their extremity of realism so as regard as the ingredients vital to my work. I was struck by their monstrous naïveté and I felt that the answer was to paint them as they stand”.