Els Geurts (1953-2012) created canvases that display photographic realism. She used subjects and themes to create tension, through the contradictions between innocence and pain, the idyllic and the violation thereof. All of this is carefully disguised through subtle symbolism.
Els Geurts started her artistic career with impressionistic landscapes and still lifes. After an abstract period, she then started to focus on a narrative theme, and her style grew into the aforementioned high realism. Els was self-taught. She was considered to be extremely disciplined, withdrawing to her studio every day from 9am to 6pm to paint.
These paintings are part of the “Holy Child” and “De Engelen” (The Angels) series. She painted these two series in the years just before her sudden illness and death.