The Mill


Oil on wood

26.4 x 32.5 cm

The Mill depicts two women in the middle of a strange interaction. One figure’s face stands out against a plain, neutral background. Her body is unfinished except for her forearms. She is drawing a windmill on the bare back of the other, whose face remains unseen.

Lacking any context, Borremans’ paintings possess an enigmatic dimension. Blurring the conventional boundaries between media, they have the realism and sense of framing specific to photography. The deliberate state of incompleteness gives the work a dreamlike dimension, heightening the surrealistic quality of the scene, which is already surprising in itself.

Borremans’ The Mill was presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the 2009 "Mapping the Studio" show at the Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in Venice.