About the artwork

The truth is that I paint myself ... and therefore the battle of my own body with age, my own fears and my fascination with death.   That fascination began at an early age because my father was preoccupied with death. His mother passed away at a young age and the subject was taboo, nothing could be said about her death. As a result this had such an impact on his thoughts that as an adult he conducted a thorough investigation on whether there is life after death. Listening to voices of deceased people and the radio program 'The black hole' with Andre Groote filled the living room on Sunday afternoon. His fascination also became mine, but this only became apparent years later when I was in art school. I made installations made of skins, meat heads, empty cocoons and baby skins. What appealed to me in this is the contrast between the tangible and the intangible of the body, the familiar contrasts with the distance that I feel in my body. The sudden death of a close friend during my time at the academy reinforced this feeling. The distance to my own body and my mistrust of it became even greater. Would my body also betray me in this manner? What followed was a long search that is still on-going, a search for the acceptance of transience. In the early stages I created paintings in which human forms were visible. I painted these in a detached manner: heads were removed, the bodies were decorative, eye contact was almost non-existent, there was no contact with the viewer. As my work developed I was sitting closer to the skin, from strange perspectives I showed the alienation to my own body. My fascination with the body deepened, I began to paint other people, especially those who deviate from the ideal of beauty. But even more, I really wanted to paint people like you and me, a universal image of the aging person. Staying true to myself, I have confined myself to the female body.    

Medium Details

oil on linen

Frame

black box frame

Signature

signed on the back

Condition

New

Sweet silent thoughts

Oil

Figurative

27 H x 43 W x 1 D in

Francien Krieg, a contemporary Dutch artist, gives a new dimension to figurative painting with her penetrating and unfiltered portraits. Krieg, who received her art education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, has an oeuvre celebrated both nationally and internationally. Her works illuminate the unpolished beauty of the human body, with a particular emphasis on aging skin and the vulnerability that comes with it.
In a world obsessed with youth and traditional beauty standards, Krieg chooses the unusual and often avoided subject: old age. She shows us the beauty in the reality of life, the wrinkles, the scars, and the stories that make each body unique. Her canvases are a tapestry of humanity, where the traces of life are not only visible but also celebrated.
Krieg’s art is not only a study of the physical but also a profound exploration of the psychological state of her subjects. Her portraits are often penetrating and intimate, with eyes that gaze directly at the viewer, forming a silent dialogue. This interaction draws the viewer into the painting, encouraging them to reflect on their own perceptions of beauty and impermanence.
Her technique, with rich textures and subtle color nuances, brings forth the vulnerability and strength of her models. With each brushstroke, she captures not only their physical presence but also their emotional resonance. Francien Krieg’s work is an invitation: to look beyond the surface, to read the deeper stories written in the folds of our skin.
The works of Francien Krieg are a reminder that true beauty resides in the authenticity of our existence, an authenticity that deepens with each new line of life. In a society increasingly dominated by filtered realities, Krieg brings us back to what is real—and thereby, what is truly beautiful.

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About the artwork

The truth is that I paint myself ... and therefore the battle of my own body with age, my own fears and my fascination with death.   That fascination began at an early age because my father was preoccupied with death. His mother passed away at a young age and the subject was taboo, nothing could be said about her death. As a result this had such an impact on his thoughts that as an adult he conducted a thorough investigation on whether there is life after death. Listening to voices of deceased people and the radio program 'The black hole' with Andre Groote filled the living room on Sunday afternoon. His fascination also became mine, but this only became apparent years later when I was in art school. I made installations made of skins, meat heads, empty cocoons and baby skins. What appealed to me in this is the contrast between the tangible and the intangible of the body, the familiar contrasts with the distance that I feel in my body. The sudden death of a close friend during my time at the academy reinforced this feeling. The distance to my own body and my mistrust of it became even greater. Would my body also betray me in this manner? What followed was a long search that is still on-going, a search for the acceptance of transience. In the early stages I created paintings in which human forms were visible. I painted these in a detached manner: heads were removed, the bodies were decorative, eye contact was almost non-existent, there was no contact with the viewer. As my work developed I was sitting closer to the skin, from strange perspectives I showed the alienation to my own body. My fascination with the body deepened, I began to paint other people, especially those who deviate from the ideal of beauty. But even more, I really wanted to paint people like you and me, a universal image of the aging person. Staying true to myself, I have confined myself to the female body.    

Medium Details

oil on linen

Frame

black box frame

Signature

signed on the back

Condition

New

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Francien 19

Francien Krieg - Netherlands

Francien Krieg Francien Krieg [1973] is a Dutch artist who lives in the countryside in the middle of The Netherlands. She is living there with...

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