Caleb De Jong blogs about the work of Ilse D’Hollander, on view in the exhibition Paintings on Paper at David Zwirner Gallery, New York, on view through August 15, 2014.
De Jong writes: "Given that her painting career was less than a decade long [D'Hollander's] body of paintings are more intimations of what was to come, hinting at a sensibility that was sensitive, provisional and vulnerable... The few critical appraisals of her work make mention of her formal and conceptual similarity to her compatriot Raoul de Keyser. Certainly her works echo his in their fragility of mark making and economy of surface. Further, her works recall Belgian artists Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux in their uncanny muteness."