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Brilliant and wayward in equal measure, Dutch artist G.P. Fieret (1925-2009) shares his life with us through his self-portraits and grainy photographs of women. More...

Documentary - Music & Arts

50'

Brilliant and wayward in equal measure, Dutch artist G.P. Fieret (1925-2009) shares his life with us through his self-portraits and grainy photographs of women.

With his highly personal, grainy women’s portraits, Gerard Petrus Fieret managed to antagonize the entire late sixties establishment. In his mouse-infested studio he photographed his semi- or wholly undressed models as well as himself, his cat and the many sick pigeons living there with him. His photographic work has a unique quality which today is increasingly recognised by collectors and museums alike. His international breakthrough means prices for his work are rocketing, a development from which Fieret himself didn’t actually reap any benefits. He died in 2009 at the age of 85.

This documentary film was shot during the final two years of his life. The camera shows Gerard Fieret to be alternately lucid and confused, aggressive and suave, stubborn and cooperative, accusing all and sundry and bemoaning his physical decline. Sixties models reminisce about the sometimes bizarre sessions, and photographic experts and art dealers speak about this versatile artist’s singular body of work. At the end of his life a major discovery is made: on the Duindicht country estate near The Hague, in the mole catcher’s cottage next to the trailer which had become his home, negatives which were thought to have been lost are discovered, stuffed into jerry cans.

Documentary
Frank van den Engel
2009
Zeppers Film & TV
50'
 
 
 

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