Marie Cecile Thijs Selected Works

(The Netherlands , 1964)
Marie Cécile Thijs is an artist with a distinctive signature. Her portraits are still lifes, and her still lifes become portraits. She is influenced by the old masters in painting, yet her work is clearly contemporary. Stillness is key.

Marie Cécile Thijs, originally a lawyer, decided more than fifteen years ago to follow her love for the camera. She is specialised in staged photography, and created the series White Collar, Food Portraits, Cooks, Horses and Human Angels, which are still in progress to this day. She also made many portraits of writers, politicians, designers and artists. Most recent she made still life series Asia > Amsterdam in cooperation with Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and EU 2016 Mementos in assignment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Her work has often been published and exhibited, her photos have repeatedly received international acclaim and are included in the collections of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Museum Rotterdam and many public and private art collections. She published several books, most recent Characters (2013) en Food Portraits (2015).

Marie Cecile Thijs had her first retrospective in Museum aan het Vrijthof Maastricht in 2015. Also her work has been exhibited at TEFAF Maastricht and Art Miami in the same year. In 2016 she was part of the exhibition Dutch Identity in Museum De Fundatie Zwolle. Also her photographs have been exhibited in the EU 2016 paviljon in Amsterdam on the occasion of the chairmanship of the European Union by the Netherlands during the first six months of 2016. She had a solo show sponsored by the Dutch authorities at Corso Como in Shanghai in 2016.


2016 The Animal in Photography, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego USA
2016 Art New York, Smith Davidson Gallery
2016 TEFAF Maastricht 2016, SmithDavidson Gallery
2016 Dutch Identity, 25 Dutch Portrait Photographers, Museum De Fundatie Zwolle
2016 Exhibition at the in the EU pavilion on the occasion of the chairmanship of the European Union
2016 Exhibition in Kunsthaus Aaartfoundation Kirchberg, Austria
2015 Art Miami, SmithDavidson Gallery
2015 PAN Amsterdam, Eduard Planting Gallery
2015 Carrousel du Louvre Paris, Fotofever | Art 22 Gallery
2015 Exhibition of 20 Food Portraits at Foodphoto Festival Denmark
2015 Art Fair Cologne, Germany, Art 22 Gallery
2015 Solo showat the Museum aan het Vrijthof Maastricht,TEFAF
2015 Girl with White Collar at Table,TEFAF Maastricht
2014 Carrousel du Louvre Paris - Fotofever, Art 22 Gallery
2014 1st Place - International Masters Cup, Category Food, Chickpeas
2014 Exhibition at Sothebys Paris
2014 Presentation on Mediawand Rotterdamse Schouwburg
2014 The Big Art Calender Rotterdam, Rotterdamse Kunstkalender
2013 Portrait Salinero included in the collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
2013 Food Portraits, Solo exhibition Eduard Planting, Amsterdam
2013 White Collar & Majestic, International Masters Cup
2013 Part of selection committee Fotofestival Naarden
2013 Art at the Warehouse Rotterdam, Gallery Eduard Planting
2012 Exhibition Melkweg Gallery The Last Dance, Highlights by curator Suzanne Dechert
2012 PAN Amsterdam | Eduard Planting Gallery | Unicorn, Cooks, Food
2012 Awarded in the International Photography Awards IPA | Unicorn
2012 Exhibition at New York photofestival Photoville | Cooks
2012 Nominated for a Magneet for Campaign Jonge Meesters for lawfirm Pels Rijcken
2011 Awarded in the International Photography Awards IPA | White Collar & Cooks
2011 Awarded in the Hasselblad Masters Competition | White Collar
2011 PAN Amsterdam | Gallery Eduard Planting | Salinero, White Collar, Majestic
2011 Exhibition Fotofestival Naarden | Grote Kerk | Cooks
2011 Exhibition in Supreme Court The Hague | Legal Practitioners
2010 PAN Amsterdam | Gallery Eduard Planting | White Collar
2010 White Collar included in Collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
2010 Selected by the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago for the Art of Photography Show | White Collar
2010 Awarded in Masters Cup of the International Color Awards | Human Angels
2009 PAN Amsterdam | Gallery Eduard Planting | Human Angels
2009 Exhibition Black Wall Melkweg Gallery Amsterdam | Human Angels
2009 Selected by FotoMuseum Antwerpen for international exhibition
2007 Solo exhibition Melkweg Gallery Amsterdam | Portraits
2005 Solo exhibition Melkweg Gallery Amsterdam | Human Angels


2015 Food Portraits, Editions EPFAP
2014 Characters, Editions Lecturis
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