At first glance, André Romijn’s ‘An Ode to Daydreams’ commands attention and elicits a sense of serene introspection. The classic elegance of the central figure, beautifully positioned on a sumptuous red leather sofa, evokes not just admiration for her beauty, but curiosity about her thoughts.

Unseen Reality: International Contemporary Art Exhibition 2023

Romijn displays an astute understanding of colour juxtaposition and its ability to convey emotion. The choice of a warm green hue in the right background offers a comforting embrace, reminiscent of nature’s gentle cradle. This harmonious feeling is then contrasted with the bold and opulent gold leaf banner that divides the painting — a testament to Romijn’s flair for blending traditional and modern aesthetics. The dark brown tones to the left bring a sense of depth, suggesting the profoundness of the woman’s introspection or perhaps the weight of her reverie.

The lighter brown floor, transitioning gently from the depths of the left background, provides a grounding element, anchoring the etherealness of the piece and drawing attention back to the tangible — the lady and her immediate surroundings.

Dancing shadows

Lighting, as employed by Romijn, is nothing short of masterful. Shadows dance around the lady, playing the age-old game of hide and seek. Yet, her face remains a beacon, beautifully illuminated, casting her dark eyes as the focal point of the artwork. These eyes, deep and soulful, invite viewers to speculate: Is she lost in a fond memory, indulging in a whimsical daydream, or perhaps entranced by an unseen object beyond the canvas?

The ambiguity of her gaze makes ‘An Ode to Daydreams’ a painting that compels not just one look but many, each time uncovering a new layer, a fresh interpretation. In this piece, Romijn doesn’t just paint a picture; he crafts a narrative, a story left half-told, urging the observer to complete it.

Magnificent blend of classic and contemporary

In all, André Romijn’s ‘An Ode to Daydreams’ is a magnificent blend of classic and contemporary, a symphony of colour, light, and emotion. It’s a testament to the timeless allure of introspection and the boundless realms our minds can traverse when we let them wander.


  • Size (h w): 50 x 50cm
  • Framed Size (h w): 69 x 69 x 5 cm.

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This is one of three paintings by André Romijn as part of UNSEEN REALITY, an international contemporary art exhibition, which took place 16 November – 3 December 2023 at Museo de Villa Paolina – Viareggio (LU), Italy.