Jan Mankes artwork • prints & multiples • previously for sale Screaming crow
Meppel 1889-1920 Eerbeek
woodcut on paper 18.3 x 23.8 cm, signed l.r. in full (in pencil) and with mon. in the bloc and executed in 1918
Literature: Alb. Plasschaert, Just Havelaar, 'Jan Mankes', Wassenaar 1927, pag. 60; A. Mankes-Zernike, R.N. Roland Holst, 'Jan Mankes', Wassenaar 1928, pag. 63 (een ander exemplaar); H.F. Bruyel-Van der Palm e.a., 'Jan Mankes, schilderijen, tekeningen en grafiek', Utrecht 1989, pag. 141 (een ander exemplaar); Alied Ottevanger e.a., 'Jan Mankes 1889-1920', Zwolle/Assen/Spanbroek/Arnhem 2007, pag. 129 en pag. 225, cat.nr. Gh 20, 2e staat (met afb., van een ander exemplaar); Jan de Lange, 'Jan Mankes. Een kunstenaarsleven in brieven', Den Haag/Zwolle 2013, pag. 577, 580-582, 623-625, 627, 630.
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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