Herman de Vries
From Earth, 1985

  • Soil on paper
  • 120 x 180 cm
  • Acquired in 1985

After Herman de Vries’ monochrome white pictures, reliefs and art objects made him one of the leading figures of the Dutch avant-garde (whose artistic goals were similar to those of the German group ‘Zero’) in the early 1960s, he started integrating nature into his artworks as an authentic and autonomous document of reality in the early 1970s. Sometimes the artist collects together all the varieties of plants that he finds growing in a meadow at a particular point in time together with developing a precise plan showing their original locations, and sometimes, as he has for this artwork from earth, he rubs 260 soil samples from all over the world on a single board in a precise regular arrangement. In either case, he is treating the actual state of things as a self-expressing reality. This virtual exclusion of the artistic subject – of art itself as an intermediary – belies de Vries’ understanding of art and nature. “Art is life and reality” is de Vries’ artistic motto.

Herman de Vries

* 1931 Alkmaar, NL
Lives and works in Eschenau, D

Related artworks

Nature 10 Artworks

Max Uhlig
Bewegte Baumkronenreihe [Row of treetops in motion], 2011
Brush, gray and black ink, on Hahnemühle Büttenpapier paper
Max Uhlig
Große Buschformation, bewegt, 1993
Ink on paper

Shopping cart

Versand und Abwicklung erfolgt über die Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz GmbH in Berlin. Für Fragen zu Bestellungen wenden Sie sich bitte direkt an Handling and Shipping is done by theBücherbogen am Savignyplatz GmbH in Berlin. For questions regarding your order please contact directly.
* Bestellungen aus der EU sind bei PayPal auch ohne Anmeldung möglich. Sie können dann auch bequem per Bankeinzug oder mit Ihrer Kreditkarte zahlen. Für diese Option klicken Sie bitte auf PayPal und wählen anschließend die Bezahlung "Mit Lastschrift oder Kreditkarte" aus. Buyers from within the EU can use PayPal even without having a PayPal account. Via Paypal you can also check out with direct debit or with your credit card. For this option please click on "Check out with PayPal" and make use of the "Payment by Direct Debit or Credit Card".