It would prove to be exactly the right move.
Walter's new life as an artist got off to a flying start, despite his preference for excruciantingly tricky
subject matter: complex cityscapes, with special focus on decrepit facades, ramshackle doors and
Still, expectations were high, as Walter felt the burden of Willem and Victor's reputation of technical excellence. So, with the precision of a seasoned surgeon and the patience of a saint, he would detail
every nook and cranny, and to great effect.
Gradually, his technique evolved towards trompe l'oeil, with compositions featuring cabinets and shelves
filled to the brim with objects weathered and worn by time, especially old toys.
Walter's paintings invoke wonder, because, apart from technique applied, they have little in common with
the familiar genre of still life. The objects are assembled and arranged with such painstaking precision
that a tangible tension is created that rests on a healthy dose of subtle humour.
Or irony perhaps.
Be that as it may, Walter's work leaves no-one untouched.
And invariably, it conjures an endearing smile on the face of the viewer.