Untitled (1999) is Zandvliet's take on the famous last painting by Vincent van Gogh, Tree Roots (1890), an entanglement of roots and soil which was painted near his house in Auvers-sur-Oise.
At first glance, the exuberant reds, oranges and blacks in Zandvliet's painting seem to be only abstract shapes. On further inspection, the painting’s composition and lines are almost identical to Van Gogh's. However, Zandvliet’s large brushstrokes, fiery colors and big canvas make the work seem even bolder and more alive.
The scene pays tribute to the great master, with Zandvliet analyzing and taking inspiration from Van Gogh’s works in much the same way that scientific researchers build on, re-interpret and deconstruct the work of others.
Will you, like Zandvliet, create a modern hit out of a classic masterpiece?