About Ron Schouten's work
Ron Schouten is best known for creating figurative work. In essence, figurative art is art which represents recognizable aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition seems to be rather simple, figuration still remains in its very soul more than just a portrayal of reality. Indeed, the different styles in which figurative art can be executed are infinite, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever changing category, in which Ron Schouten's work is mainly grounded. Some prominent artists known for their impact on figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Ron Schouten in private collections
Historical Context of Netherlands
The Netherlands has a reputable heritage for art and design in the twentieth century culture, although its position as a cultural powerhouse had been long established, centuries before the fifteenth century, when artists like Jan van Eyck were among the most famous in the world. The Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s brought such luminaries as Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Van Ruisdael. In the twentieth century, some of the earliest examples of abstraction in the Netherlands were emerged under the support of the seminal de Stijl movement, led by Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesberg. Gerrit Rietveld was an influential architect and designer whose work is closely related to the ideas of De Stijl.