The dark side of beauty explored by Marie Louise Elshout

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Three weeks ago I visited the exhibit ‘De donkere kant van de schoonheid’ (‘The dark side of beauty’) in MuseumGouda. I’ve been to the museum before (I lived in a town near Gouda when I was a kid) and love their classic collection, the beautiful building and – of course – the medieval torture chamber in the basement ;) The exhibition showcased the works of several artists from the Nocturne Art Collective and today I want to introduce you to one of their members: Marie Louise Elshout.

Marie Louise lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and has a fascination for the dark German romanticism we know from artist like Caspar David Friedrich. The admiration for the romantic era seeps through in her work, from small details (she often names her paintings in German) through bigger, visual and content related similarities like the haunting landscapes and mysterious women she portrays. I loved seeing Marie Louise’s work in real life, I’m excited to see a classic, fascinating art movement get a modern interpretation. Enjoy!

Enjoy!

You can find more of Marie Louise’s work on her website.

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Thanks for reading! What do you think of Marie Louise’s work?

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