Jan Mankes artwork • prints & multiples • previously for sale A crow watching a mosquito
Meppel 1889-1920 Eerbeek
A crow watching a mosquito
woodcut on coloured paper 11.8 x 10.2 cm, signed w mon in the block and l.r. in full (in pencil) and to be dated 1918
Jan Mankes, who died of tuberculosis at a young age, 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.