Constant and Religion
Museum Krona has been collecting contemporary, religious art since the late 1980s and has since built up an important collection in this field. Constant’s circumcision is still an outsider within that collection. In terms of theme, but also within Constant’s oeuvre. The number of religious works in his ouevre is limited. It is especially in his early years, between 1935-1945, that he ventures into subjects such as the Pieta, the Sermon on the Mount and a depiction of the interior of the Willibrordus (outside the Veste, on the Amstel in Amsterdam. a Cuyperskerk, which was demolished in the 1970s). Later, Constant exchanges those explicit subjects for more socially engaged, utopian themes. In doing so, on the one hand, he distances himself from his youth (Catholic environment, educated with the Jesuits in Amsterdam), but on the other, he also gives substance to his connection with the ideals that stem from faith, their social commitment.
Wouter Prins (curator), Debbie Jans (marketing)