Luc Tuymans: The Worshipper, 2004 Luc Tuymans

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The Worshipper, 2004

Belgian artists Luc Tuymans (b. 1958) is considered one of the most significant and influential contemporary painters working today. His work fuses the traditions of Old Master Flemish and Spanish still-life genres painting with a late-twentieth-century sensibility.

Celebrated as one of the world's most gifted visionary painters, Tuymans has been creating iconic works of art for nearly three decades. For The Worshipper he collaborated with a master printer in Antwerp to create a screen print based on his 2004 painting of the same name, the source of which was a photograph Tuymans took in the Musée International du Carnaval et du Masque in the Belgian town of Binche. 'I was mostly using Polariods, which attenuate the colours, making things unclear and imprecise. Polaroids don't provide the same accuracy as digital or film photography, and they present more inconsistencies. I like to work with materials that are inconsistent because they leave more room for interpretation.'

As in much of Tuymans' best work, the bearded figure in occupies an enigmatic role, in this case a cleric of indeterminate faith engaged in an ambiguous ceremony. Amplifying this sense of mystery is Tuymans' unmistakable palette, with its modulated greens and yellows. The effect is a timelessness that transcends both subject and form. As Ulrich Loock writes in the accompanying volume, Tuymans 'appears to be seeking an escape from the compulsory discourse of modernism, as if the works have their place somewhere else entirely.' This place, so hauntingly evoked in The Worshipper, is Tuymans' great artistic discovery.


Format: Silkscreen
Sheet size: 1050 x 740 mm (41 5/8 x 29 1/8 inches)
Book case: 316 x 273 mm (12 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches)
Print folder: 1162 x 760 mm (45 3/4 x 29 7/8 inches)
Printed in 2005 in an edition of 100 plus 5 artist's proofs

All copies are signed and numbered by Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans Special Edition Monograph

The only monograph spanning the entire career of Belgian artist Luc Tuymans (b.1958), one of the most influential painters of the last two decades.

Tuymans' work fuses the traditions of old master Flemish and Spanish genre painting with a 21st-century sensibility.

Many works represent domestic scenes or commonplace objects, while others reference directly political source material.

This revised edition has been expanded by 100 pages to include nearly all of the artist's recent paintings, most in full-page format.


  • Format: Collector's Edition
  • Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 260 pp
  • Illustrations: 250 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714845395c

Luc Tuymans has been the subject of solo exhibitions at major museums around the world, including Tate Modern, the Wexner Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He lives in Antwerp.

"Tuymans is rapidly gaining ground as the successor to Gerhard Richter as the History Painter of the late 20th Century, and this book, which amounts to a catalogue raisonné as nearly every one of his paintings is reproduced, goes some way towards confirming his reputation."—Art Monthly