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Marc Mulders

1958

The following paintings by Marc Mulders are for sale

Marc Mulders (1958) trained at St. Joost School of Art & Design in Breda. Mulders is a versatile artist; he is a painter, a watercolourist, a photographer, and a glazier.

Tilburg period

In 1995, Marc Mulders relocated to an old convent school in the heart of Tilburg. In his pastel-coloured oil paintings, he allows himself to be guided by the rhythm of nature. Marc Mulders lives and works according to tight schedules – not only in his daily routine, but also in his choice of subjects. In spring and summer, he paints flowers, such as tulips, lilies, irises, and peonies; in winter, he focuses his gaze on wild animals such as pheasants, fish, and hares. And once he has selected a theme, he usually creates a series of paintings. Marc Mulders, a religious man, is fascinated by profound themes such as life and death. He is inspired by painters such as Rembrandt, Chaïm Soutine, and Vincent van Gogh.

Marc Mulders is also an expert in making stained glass windows. In 2004, he designed the piece A Garden of Glass for the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Queen Beatrix’s reign. Two years later, in 2006, he created the large stained glass window The Last Judgment for St John’s Cathedral in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He also recently collaborated with designer Piet Hein Eek to create a contemporary version of centuries-old stained glass.

Relocation to the Baest country estate

Ten years ago, Mulders left the hustle and bustle of Tilburg’s city centre for the peace and quiet of the countryside. This move to a rural environment also marked a change in his style of painting and his choice of subjects (he no longer paints dead animals). From his beautiful studio, a farmer’s barn on the Baest country estate, he can admire the expansive flower fields. Mulders no longer observes the flower from close up, but rather the vista above the fields. The changing light has also become a key motif: dew, mist, sunshine, and backlight. This new perspective has led to more abstract canvases, in which the richness and beauty of nature plays an important role.

Marc Mulders has an affinity to the French impressionist Claude Monet. It is therefore hardly surprising that he refers to his own garden as ‘my own private Giverny’, a nod to Monet’s famous garden in Giverny, the charming French village seventy kilometres west of Paris. According to Monet, nowhere else in the world does light shine so beautifully. Over the years, Mulder’s palette has become increasingly lighter. The subdued colours of old have given way to white, yellow, and pastel tones such as lilac and pink.

Abstract floral canvases

When he paints, Marc Mulders is not only surrounded by the scents and colours of the expansive fields, but also by many books – from those published to accompany the Dutch television series Paradijstuinen (Gardens of Paradise) as well as those by the American abstract expressionists Helen Frankenthaler and Willem de Kooning, and the fashion magazine Vogue. He tears out images and staples them next to the canvas, to serve as support and kindred spirits throughout his painting process, which often results in floral abstracts.

Mulders often applies thick layers of paint across the breadth of the canvas. The works burst with a bubbling energy, revealing the unequivocal beauty of nature. But at the same time, there is a realization that decay is looming. The short life of a flower symbolizes our own mortality.

Marc Mulders is one of the most successful contemporary Dutch painters. His paintings are exhibited in twenty museums, including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, the Noordbrabants museum, and De Pont museum in Tilburg.

Previously for sale

No longer available Marc Mulders | Let the desert bloom

Marc Mulders

Let the desert bloom »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Irissen nr II

Marc Mulders

Irissen nr II »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Rose window

Marc Mulders

Rose window »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Fish

Marc Mulders

Fish »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Garden Awakening

Marc Mulders

Garden Awakening »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Garden Rhythm (after Paul Klee)

Marc Mulders

Garden Rhythm (after Paul Klee) »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Garden Rhythm

Marc Mulders

Garden Rhythm »

No longer available Marc Mulders | A garden path

Marc Mulders

A garden path »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Rhythm of the Fields

Marc Mulders

Rhythm of the Fields »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Lelies III

Marc Mulders

Lelies III »

No longer available Marc Mulders | White lilies

Marc Mulders

White lilies »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Garden roses

Marc Mulders

Garden roses »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Bird

Marc Mulders

Bird »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Nocturne

Marc Mulders

Nocturne »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Roses

Marc Mulders

Roses »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Nocturne

Marc Mulders

Nocturne »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Parrot tulips Spring IV

Marc Mulders

Parrot tulips Spring IV »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Persian Garden

Marc Mulders

Persian Garden »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Nocturne

Marc Mulders

Nocturne »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Study after W. de Kooning's 60-ies Woman Series No 10

Marc Mulders

Study after W. de Kooning’s 60-ies Woman Series No 10 »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Persian Garden

Marc Mulders

Persian Garden »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Lelies in grijs

Marc Mulders

Lelies in grijs »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Fish

Marc Mulders

Fish »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Two fish

Marc Mulders

Two fish »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Black Iris

Marc Mulders

Black Iris »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Study after rosy-painted dawn at Louse Point

Marc Mulders

Study after rosy-painted dawn at Louse Point »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Irissen XIII

Marc Mulders

Irissen XIII »

No longer available Marc Mulders | Hunt for paradise

Marc Mulders

Hunt for paradise »