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Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman artwork • prints & multiples • previously for saleBlue cows

Werkman H.N.  | Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, Blue cows, unique printing, handstamped in colour on beige vellum paper 51.0 x 32.7 cm, painted in 1943

Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman

Blue cows
unique printing, handstamped in colour on beige vellum paper 51.0 x 32.7 cm, painted in 1943

Provenance: coll. August (F.R.A.) Henkels, Heerenveen, verzamelaar en vriend van de kunstenaar; erven F.R.A. Henkels.
Literature: tent.cat. Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 'Werkman: Drukker - Schilder', 1945, pag. 13, cat.nr. 220; tent.cat. Bochum, Städtische Kunstgalerie, 'Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman', 1961, pag. 85, cat.nr. 43-51 (met afb.); J. Martinet (red.), 'Hot Printing. Catalogue of the 'druksel' prints and interim catalogues of general printed matter, lithographs, etchings, woodcuts, typewriter compositions and paintings by Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman', Stichting H.N. Werkman/Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1963, pag. 84, cat.nr. 43-51 (met afb.).
Exhibited: Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, 'Werkman: Drukker - Schilder', 24 nov.-17 dec. 1945; Bochum, Duitsland, Städtische Kunstgalerie, 'Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman', 21 okt.-25 dec. 1961; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, bruikleen H. Henkels, 1954-1959, inv.nr. B 2435 ('Runderen in weiland').

As an innovative typographer, the painter and printer Hendrik Werkman from Groningen occupies a special place in Dutch graphic art. He established his printing business in 1909 and came in contact with the artists from Groningen's De Ploeg collective in 1918 when he was asked to print the group's by-laws. He joined them in 1919, printed the first Ploeg catalogue and designed many other publications. His paintings differ from those of the other Ploeg members because he depicted nature based on his imagination as opposed to directly from reality. After 1923, he devoted himself to experimental typographic compositions on paper, which he called 'printed things' and which testify to tremendous originality in his use of traditional printing tools.


Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman | Conversation (1942), stencil, handroller, ink on paper, 31.6 x 21.9 cm

Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman

prints & multiples • for sale

Conversation (1942)


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