Jan Mankes artwork • prints & multiples • previously for sale Screaming crow
Meppel 1889-1920 Eerbeek
woodcut on paper 18.3 x 23.8 cm, signed with monogram in the block and executed in 1918
Literature: Alied Ottevanger e.a., 'Jan Mankes 1889-1920', Zwolle/Assen/Spanbroek/Arnhem 2007, pag. 225, cat.nr. Gh 20 (met afb. van ander exemplaar).
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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