Entry Title: "Cat with White Collar"
Name: Marie Cecile Thijs , Netherlands
Category and Expertise: Portrait, Professional


Entry Description: From the Series White Collar: White Collar' is an autonomous project of the photographer, which she started in 2009. This Cat is 'wearing' a authentic 17th-century antique ruff collar that belongs to the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Because this collar is so delicate and rare, she photographed it - under special conditions - in the depot of the museum and placed afterwards on her models (in this case the Cat) by way of digital imaging.

About the Artist:

Marie Cécile Thijs is a portraitist with a distinctive signature. Her portraits are still lifes, and her still lifes become portraits. She is influenced by the old masters in painting, yet her work is clearly contemporary. Stillness is key. Marie Cécile Thijs, originally a lawyer, decided more than fifteen years ago to follow her love for the camera. She is specialised in staged photography, and created the series White Collar, Food Portraits, Chefs (Cooks), Horses and Human Angels, which are still in progress to this day. She also made many portraits of writers, politicians, designers and artists. Her work has often been published and exhibited, her photos have repeatedly received international acclaim and are included in the collections of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Museum Rotterdam and many public and private art collections. Recently her book 'Characters' is published.