”Lucassen’ brings together unknown works of art, never before reproduced. Often fresh off the easel, they had disappeared into private collections or other Dutch museums. It is about time that these works become available to a broader public. Featured here are the early paintings in which Lucassen provocatively brings figuration and abstraction in confrontation with one another. He doesn’t want to reconcile the young tradition of abstract art with art’s age-old mission of depicting reality. Influenced by his interest in “primitive art”, in which objects are ascribed a particular spirit and emotional value, Lucassen goes on to use different signs and symbols to express his thoughts and feelings. They become abstract mood drawings with no direct bearing on reality, devoid of anecdotal content, yet born out of real associations and intuition. – Catalogue Kunstmuseum Den Haag.