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Anton Rooskensartist • painter • watercolourist • draughtsmanHorst 1906-1976 Amsterdam

biography of Joseph Antoon 'Anton' Rooskens

Anton Rooskens had been working as an artist for some time when, in 1945, he made a radical turnabout and began working in a free, unfettered idiom. This led to him to joining the Netherlands Experimental Group and then the Cobra artists. Rooskens drew inspiration for his abstract expressionist pictures from ‘primitive’ African and pre-Columbian art, which had been discovered by many artists after the war. Thus, idols, masks, shields and typical African ornament can be found in nearly all his works of the forties and fifties, which are also dominated by a lively interplay of lines and liberal use of black.


for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Anton Rooskens


Rooskens J.A.  | Bird figure, oil on board, 31.9 x 38.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated '73Rooskens J.A.

Bird figure, oil on board, 31.9 x 38.1 cm, signed l.l. and dated '73

Rooskens J.A.  | Birds, East Indian ink, gouache and oil on paper on board, 67.0 x 83.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated '64Rooskens J.A.

Birds, East Indian ink, gouache and oil on paper on board, 67.0 x 83.5 cm, signed l.l. and dated '64

Rooskens J.A.  | Cambrium, oil on burlap, 38.5 x 46.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '58Rooskens J.A.

Cambrium, oil on burlap, 38.5 x 46.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '58

Rooskens J.A.  | Chrysanthemums, oil on canvas, 90.0 x 75.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1938-1941Rooskens J.A.

Chrysanthemums, oil on canvas, 90.0 x 75.4 cm, signed l.r. and painted ca. 1938-1941

Rooskens J.A.  | Composition, gouache on paper, 31.7 x 43.5 cm, signed l.c. and dated '53Rooskens J.A.

Composition, gouache on paper, 31.7 x 43.5 cm, signed l.c. and dated '53

Rooskens J.A.  | Composition, oil on board, 49.6 x 35.2 cm, painted ca. mid 50sRooskens J.A.

Composition, oil on board, 49.6 x 35.2 cm, painted ca. mid 50s

Rooskens J.A.  | Fantasy figures, gouache on paper, 21.2 x 30.1 cm, signed l.r.Rooskens J.A.

Fantasy figures, gouache on paper, 21.2 x 30.1 cm, signed l.r.

Rooskens J.A.  | Figures, gouache on paper, 37.5 x 49.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '68Rooskens J.A.

Figures, gouache on paper, 37.5 x 49.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '68

Rooskens J.A.  | Masks, watercolour and gouache on paper, 39.5 x 22.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated '49Rooskens J.A.

Masks, watercolour and gouache on paper, 39.5 x 22.8 cm, signed l.r. and dated '49

Rooskens J.A.  | Untitled, oil on board, 31.6 x 38.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '72Rooskens J.A.

Untitled, oil on board, 31.6 x 38.2 cm, signed l.r. and dated '72


previously for salepaintings, watercolours and drawings by Anton Rooskens


Rooskens J.A.  | Untitled, gouache on paper, 36.5 x 49.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '70Rooskens J.A.

Untitled, gouache on paper, 36.5 x 49.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated '70


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