This cropped detail from a painting that pays homage to Willem Drost’s “Bathsheba” is a captivating re-interpretation of the original work. The artist, André Romijn, has managed to capture the softness of the Baroque era’s lighting and shadow, which is particularly evident in the gentle rendering of the subject’s face. The light cascades across her features, highlighting her cheekbones and the delicate contour of her lips, a technique that Drost himself might have employed.

Bathsheba after willem drost by andre romijn kunsthuis andre middelburg

Emotional resonance

The choice of cropping focuses the viewer’s attention on the subject’s expression, which is contemplative and almost melancholic. This emotional resonance is often a key element in historical paintings, where a glance or a subtle smile can convey a narrative beyond what is depicted.

The warmth of the color palette, with its rich browns and the soft white of Bathsheba’s garment, adds to the sense of depth and dimension in the work. The earrings provide a focal point that draws the eye, while also serving as a symbol of Bathsheba’s status and the opulence of the time.

A respectful nod to Willem Drost

The artist has also successfully navigated the challenge of painting after another artist, capturing not only the style and mood of the original but also injecting a personal touch that brings a new life to the piece. The result is a respectful nod to Willem Drost’s artistry while allowing André Romijn’s skills to shine through.

In essence, this piece serves as a vibrant illustration of the timeless allure of classical motifs in the arts and the ongoing dialogue between modern creators and the venerable masters who preceded them.

SPRING Exhibition 2024

This painting will be part of a new series, celebrating the Old Masters. On view Spring 2024 at KUNSTHUIS André.