The Maslov Paintings by Jeroen van der Most

The Maslov Paintings draw you down into a surging vortex of human needs and desires, based on one of the world’s most famous psychological theories.

At the same time you encounter a visual serenity inspired by the sensuous still-lifes by old master Adriaen Coorte from the Dutch Rijksmusem. Using his own software artists Jeroen van der Most created images with extremely high resolutions of 256 million pixels each. Too detailed to create by hand or semi-manual with programs like Photoshop.

Human needs and desires

The images exist as large prints of 120 x 120 cm printed with the latest printing technology, but also as movies. Together they form an endlessly zooming-in journey through extraordinary detailed environments:

In this journey you encounter layers that are based on psychologist Abraham Maslov’s layered hierarchy of human needs and desires. According to Maslov, human beings need satisfaction of their most basic need as food and shelter first, before they will pursue higher level desires like friendship and intimacy.    

Ultimately they will strive to reach the highest layers like self-evolvement and spirituality. The rise up the layers drives human behavior and internal conflict. The artists translated this internal development into visual layers that represent basic needs like nutrition and safety at first sight but on closer inspection symbolize more complex issues from his own life: choices between a family-life and the arts, modesty and stepping-out, creation and annihiliation.

Paintings with data

Dutch artist Jeroen van der Most creates paintings with data, algorithms and artificially intelligent systems. Inspired by the Dutch old masters, Van der Most’s artworks include calculations of Van Gogh’s next painting and the Average Rembrandt. The style of the Maslov paintings is inspired by Adriaen Coorte’s famous 17th century food stil-lifes.

Van der Most’s work has been exhibited in galleries, artfairs, and musea from his hometown Amsterdam, to Hong Kong and Christchurch, New Zealand. The world’s major art media and newspapers covered his work in the past. Visit  for more info.  

Images: 1) Candy, 2) Lens, 3) Coorte  


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