At the age of 17, Laurent Reypens was confronted with a reproduction of a small painting from the Spanish painter, Francesco de Zubaràn. A wonderful representation of lemons. This image always remained in his thoughts until 2015 there were two major retrospectives in Brussels and Düsseldorf. A revelation. The overwhelming religious compositions. The Monks with their black and white frocks. The intimate Still-lifes. The Easter Lamb. The impressive transition from light to dark. How Zubaràn uses the fiber in the canvas for this. His chiaroscuro. After 30 years of only painting on panels, Lauren Reypens is also using again raw, but glued West Flemish Linen.
Francisco de Zurbaràn (1598 - 1664)
Ranks among the most outstanding artists in the Spanish Golden Age.
Against the background of the time of the Counter-Reformation. Zurbaràn who is specialized in religious themes an Christian motifs, succeeded more than almost any other painter in vividly conveying a sense of religious faith. His pictures of saints and altarpieces include depictions of ascetic monks, but also of women clad in precious robes,who, when viewed with the knowledge of the respective saints''étends, reveal themselves as Christian martyrs.
Zurbaràn is regarded as an exceptional artist and virtuoso in convincingly bringing across through painterly means the haptic qualities of a lamb skin , or the textile character of wool, silk or brocade, as well the flow of folds of the various garments. "You are not only the king 's painter, but also the king of painters, Philipp IV King of Spain, is said to have called out to the highly-respected Zurbaràn.