Royal Dutch Shell

image rutger floor text roberto voorbij

Oil painting by Dutch artist Rutger Floor. Depicting Beatrix, Queen of the Netherlands, versus the logo of Royal Dutch Shell. The form resemblance is striking, endless are the overlaps between both. Both symbols of power, both icons of propaganda / marketing, even a religious connotation is not far away in each of the two cases, the haircut of Beatrix as aureole, the used scallop shell symbol of the pilgrim. What makes this dissection of ‘orange’ as well topical are the several links between the Royal Family and the oil company. Although the members of the Royal Family do not pay income or property tax they probably do possess a large amount of Shell shares. Even if it would be just one percent of the group, this would make them multimillionaire by far …


Rutger Floor – Royal Dutch Shell (2013). Oil on canvas, 70 x 140 cm.


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1 Response to Royal Dutch Shell

  1. Beppy Manuputty says:

    Very nice similarity!

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