Oil on canvas

123 × 115 × 2 cm (48 7/16 × 45 1/4 × 13/16 in.)

A paper house seems to be floating in emptiness. The walls and the roof seem fragile, far from the reassuring image of a warm home. A temporary dwelling, Hut is according to Marc Donnadieu akin to “a skiff adrift in the world's darkness.”

Luc Tuymans composes his paintings from existing images, usually photographs. For Hut, he took inspiration in a folded white paper model that was successively transfigured by the gaze of the photographer and the painter. These successive translations give the image a complex historicity and an abundance of meanings. The result is a typical and symbolic object that reminds more of a warehouse than a dwelling, disconnected from any context.

Luc Tuymans' Hut was first shown in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.