Jan Mankes artwork • painting • previously for sale A jar with bottle heath
Meppel 1889-1920 Eerbeek
A jar with bottle heath
oil on canvas 40.5 x 36.5 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1911
This painting was previously for sale.
Provenance: W. van Beuningen, Zeist, 1923.
Literature: tent.cat. Utrecht, Utrechtsche Kunsthandel, 'Eere-tentoonstelling Jan Mankes', 1923, cat.nr. 38; A. Plasschaert, Just Havelaar, 'Jan Mankes', Wassenaar 1927, pag. 55; A. Mankes-Zernike, 'Jan Mankes', Wassenaar 1928, pag. 58; tent.cat. Utrecht, Centraal Museum, 'Herdenkingstentoonstelling Jan Mankes', 1949, cat.nr. 32; Nelly de Zwaan, 'Nederland uit de kunst: 365 dagen kijken en lezen', Warnsveld 2005, 2 sept. (met afb. in kleur); Alied Ottevanger e.a., 'Jan Mankes 1889-1920', Zwolle/Assen/Spanbroek/Arnhem 2007, pag. 176, afb. 132 (in kleur), pag. 188, cat.nr. Sch 56 (met afb. in kleur).
Exhibited: Utrecht, Utrechtsche Kunsthandel, 'Eere-tentoonstelling Jan Mankes', febr.-maart 1923; Utrecht, Centraal Museum, 'Herdenkingstentoonstelling Jan Mankes', dec. 1949-jan. 1950.
Jan Mankes, who was already dead from tuberculosis at the age of thirty-one, was a solitary individual in Dutch art. In 1903 he began working as an apprentice at a Delft stained-glass atelier but in 1908 chose to be a full-time artist instead. He withdrew to his parental home in the Friesian countryside, where he created small, finely painted works of landscapes, people, animals and flowers. His work is characterised by an immense restraint and stillness. It has a dreamlike quality, is vaguely symbolic and, above all, delicate.
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