Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf is one of Holland’s most acclaimed contemporary photographers. Famous for his mis-en-scène and highly theatrical compositions, Olaf weaves complex and dramatic narratives into his still photographs. His work is frequently exhibited and included in numerous contemporary art and photography museums internationally.

Erwin Olaf
After Rodin XI, Dance Movement, 2016
Chromogenic print
51 1/4 x 39 1/2 in.
Edition of 7
© Erwin Olaf

Erwin Olaf has often used themes of theatre and cinema in his photographs. For the After Rodinseries, Olaf has taken his inspiration a step further by paying homage to individual masterpieces by the impressionist sculptor August Rodin and by using members of the Dutch National Ballet to do so.


Each of the pictures is titled after the sculpture from which it has been inspired. Olaf also pays tribute to the marbles of the French master with a uniquely sparse, stone background, rather than his more common, elaborate stages.


The After Rodinseries was commissioned by the Groninger Museum, The Netherlands in 2017 and their collection now includes nine works from the series.