With 'The Invader' Michaël Borremans (1963, Geraardsbergen, Belgium) responded to Van Gogh's letter from 26 November 1889.
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Michaël Borremans is a prolific artist, but he presents his work to the outside world at carefully chosen times.
The Invader from 2010 is on public display for the first time. Maybe Borremans was encouraged by Van Gogh’s words from letter 823:
‘So slow, long work is the only road, and all ambition to be set on doing well, false. For one must spoil as many canvases as one succeeds with when one mounts the breach each morning’.
Borremans’s work is suggestive. We have a close-up view, but much remains out of sight. You wonder: Whose shoes are these? What is the artist trying to tell us?