Dutch 1913 – 2002
Eugène Brands is frequently mentioned in the same breath with the CoBrA movement to which he belonged for only a short time. Eugène Brands was much more of a loner. In the 1960s Brands gradually abandoned representative art in favour of abstraction. He began to paint large areas of colour “of an impenetrable, cotton wool-like substance,” (CoBrA historian Willemijn Stokvis). He continued doing this until an advanced age, except that from 1993 onwards he concentrated on making gouaches on paper, which was less demanding physically for him. Eugène Brands died on 15 January 2002, the day of his 89th birthday.
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