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A Painter's House


After his death, the house of the painter Marten Melsen (1870-1947) was inhabited by his unmarried daughters and son. The sisters continued to live there until they were well into their eighties. They kept the house intact, as their father left it behind.The photos of these authentic interiors offer a view to a time that is not too far behind us, but yet has ended. Through her art painters education, and helped by a beautiful light, Karin Borghouts knows how to unveil this photogenic environment with a special and empathic sensitivity.
Exhibition 'Traces of Memory' with Mieke Teirlinck in Gallery De Mijlpaal, Knokke Belgium. October 27, 2018 - January 6, 2019
One photograph was on view at the Kunstenfestival Watou 2019.
Archival pigment prints/Dibond/framed available in two formats 100 x 125 cm (ed. 3) and 60 x 75 cm. (ed. 5).

Photography Book 'A Painter's House' published in fall 2022 in the same concept as THE HOUSE, published in fall 2021. Book presentation by Karin Borghouts and Jan Melsen January 21, 2023 - 7 pm BIB Kalmthout Belgium.

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  • Series Paris Impasse © Karin Borghouts


    Paris Impasse

    Paris has about 600 cul de sacs, cités, villas and squares: streets that end in a dead end. Cul-de-sacs. Within…

  • The house, archival pigment print 65 x 52 cm ©KBorghouts


    The House - Het huis

    A fire destroys the family home of photographer Karin Borghouts. The event causes a shock and a wake of all…

  • Vincent was here, Church Auvers sur Oise, 65 x 50 cm © Karin Borghouts, 2017


    Vincent was here

    After photographing the Van Gogh reproduction in her parents' burnt-out house, Karin Borghouts became aware of her youthful memories of…

  • The Final Journey ©Karin Borghouts, 2020, 10 x 10 cm


    De laatste reis / The Final Journey

    The home, the place where we can safely retreat. It is also the place where our identity becomes visible. Interiors…