Foreword by Marieke van Bommel and Nicholas Cullinan. Texts by Pavel Büchler, Ken Pratt, and Eric Rinckhout

This catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition Luc Tuymans. Glasses, at MAS | Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp in 2016 and at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 2016–2017. In this exhibition, Tuymans looks back at his oeuvre thematically for the first time. Included are portraits of anonymous people and historic figures, among other works. 

The work of painter Luc Tuymans is a permanent investigation into images and the iconoclastic fury that blows over us every day; into how people and things appear before us; into the chasm between representation and reality. Because glasses help shape one's sight, this seemingly self-evident instrument is important to an artist/investigator of images.

“I have always enjoyed painting glasses. Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face that we cannot see directly through a pair of glasses. It is a strange instrument and practically a universal theme. The banality of glasses receives a different meaning when you paint them.” –Luc Tuymans, 2015