Charcoal drawings

This is a selection out of the fifty something charcoal still lifes I have drawn. You can aquire a very good faximile for as little as 20€ or the original art work for 200€. Still life is and often was more than a simple depiction of reality. On ancient altarpieces, each object had its more or less well-known meaning. Everything was symbolic, not decorative: the candle stood for impermanence, the egg for rebirth, the apple for temptation, the lily for purity and virginity, etcetera. These drawings were not only meditation and concentration on the essentials, but also an experiment: what happens if I limit the number of objects represented and my means to a minimum, charcoal and paper. In a world where there is an oversupply and where multi tasking is becoming the norm, I believe it is important to do only one thing at a time. Many of these objects accompany me since my childhood and are family heirlooms I grew up with or belonged to my mother so I have a very personal connection, an emotional bond to them. But most vegetables I have already eaten up...