Carel Willink

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Carel Willink
Carel Willink (1966).jpg
Carel Willink and one of his paintings
Born Albert Carel Willink
(1900-03-07)7 March 1900
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died 19 October 1983(1983-10-19) (aged 83)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Known for Painting
Movement Magic realism

Albert Carel Willink (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɑlbərt ˈkaːrəl ˈʋɪlɪnk]; 7 March 1900 – 19 October 1983) was a Dutch painter who called his style of Magic realism "imaginary realism".

Life and career[edit]

Albert Carel Willink was born on 7 March 1900 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.[1] He was the eldest son of the mechanic Jan Willink and Wilhelmina Altes. His father was an amateur artist who encouraged his son to paint.

After briefly studying medicine, in 1918-19 Willink studied architecture at the Technische Hogeschool in Delft. Afterwards he left for Germany, where he failed to get into the academy in Düsseldorf. He later studied for a short time at the Staatliche Hochschule in Berlin.

Willink's earliest paintings were in an expressionist manner, although he also painted abstract works at the time that he exhibited with the November group in 1923. By 1924 he had adopted a figurative style influenced by Picasso's neoclassical paintings of the early 1920s, and especially by Léger. Later in the decade, Willink developed a magic realist style related to the metaphysical paintings of Giorgio de Chirico.

From 1935 until his death Willink lived in Amsterdam. His realistically rendered paintings frequently depict slightly disquieting scenes taking place in front of imposing buildings. He also painted many portraits.

Willink died, at the age of 83, in Amsterdam on 19 October 1983.[1]


  1. ^ a b Carel Willink, Netherlands Institute for Art History. Retrieved on 26 March 2015.

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