Straddle-legged, the nude model looks straight at the painter. The windows of the old stately home are partly shuttered, keeping out most of the light. The room is sparsely furnished. Wearing jeans, the artist is staring into space, a sheet of paper on his knee. Fascinated as he was by the classical themes, Matthijs Röling (1943) was one of the first Dutch artists who decided to turn back to figurative art instead of making the trendy abstract or conceptual art of the day. He is sometimes referred to as ‘the youngest of the old masters’. His still lifes, portraits and mythical scenes are characterized by harmony and are suffused with poetry and intimacy.
Matthijs Röling, Interieur met schilder en zijn model (Interior with the Painter and his Model), 1970