Jan Mankes artwork • prints & multiples • previously for sale Two white mice
Meppel 1889-1920 Eerbeek
Two white mice
copper engraving on paper 6.9 x 10.0 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and dated 1916
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.