This book presents a large number of essential works, many not previously reproduced, supplemented by photographs from the artist’s personal archive that are likewise published here for the first time.
His visual work includes a variety of gouaches visited by the ghosts of Turner, Constable, Van Gogh, Hopper, Twombly and Rothko. All the same, a ghost is not an influence: Van Ruyssevelt did not draw on their paintings directly, nor would he have wished to. The works in question hint at a mysterious, secret pact between painters and the Art of Painting. In this sense, the ‘visit’ in the book’s title is also a ‘visitation’.