Dutch & Belgian Prints

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Dance of Death in Seven Tempos (Dood- Dans in Zeven Tempos) -  EEKMAN

Dance of Death in Seven Tempos (Dood- Dans in Zeven Tempos)
NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
Belgian, (1889-1973)
Woodcuts, 1924, edition 200. each woodcut 10 3/4 x 6. Signed in red ink with the artist's monogram on the left and signed in pencil, lower right. This set of seven woodcuts (plus title page) consists of fine, uniform impressions in very good condition. The margins are full as issued. This masterful Belgian expressionist work is printed on one sheet of Toshi paper and presented in an accordian fold, with the original presentation wrapper. Eekman was born in Brussels and settled in Paris in 1920. He exhibited widely in Europe and was quite friendly with Mondrian and Signac. He was very active as a painter and woodblock artist and also showed his prints in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago. (There's a wonderful web site which has been organized by the artist's daughter, Luce: nicolaseekman.com.) As seen in the work of Henri van Straten, Victor Delhez and Nicolas Eekman, among others, a macabre and thoroughly captivating sense of humor often pervades Belgian aesthetics during the 1920s and 1930s. James Ensor is best known and certainly an early inspiration, but there were many other printmakers whose work stands out. This is particulary evident in the woodcut medium and Eekman's version of "danse macabre" is exemplary.
$1,750

Man Planting in a Garden -  EEKMAN

Man Planting in a Garden
NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
Belgian, (1889-1973)
Woodcut, 1920s, edition 96. 7 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. Also, this impression has the artist's red ink monogram in the lower left corner. Here we have a superb, rich impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full. The condition is very good other than traces of old adhesive in the four margin corners, verso, from an early mount.
$700

Hawthorn Branches in a Vase with the Coat of Arms of Amsterdam and Haarlem (Takken Meidoorn in een vase met het...) -  EVERBAG

Hawthorn Branches in a Vase with the Coat of Arms of Amsterdam and Haarlem (Takken Meidoorn in een vase met het...)
FRANS EVERBAG
Dutch, (1877-1947)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, probably 1930s, Vervoorn 103, edition unknown. 13 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. this is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. A catalogue raisonné was published in conjunction with a retrospective in 1988 at the Museum Kempenland.
$850

White Tulips in Chinese Ginger Jar (Witte Tulpen in Chinse Gemberpot) -  EVERBAG

White Tulips in Chinese Ginger Jar (Witte Tulpen in Chinse Gemberpot)
FRANS EVERBAG
Dutch, (1877-1947)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, undated (probably done in the 1930s), Not in Vervoorn, edition at least 38. 10 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Inscribed "38" in pencil, lower left, most likely a reference to the edition. This is a fine impression printed on sturdy wove paper. The margins are good and the condition is good. There's some skinning in the top margin and darkening to the margins from having been mounted in a mat. Some foxing on the verso. This is a large and stunning work of a quintessential Dutch subject.
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Groenburgwal, Amsterdam -  EVERBAG

Groenburgwal, Amsterdam
FRANS EVERBAG
Dutch, (1877-1947)
Mezzotint printed in colors, circa 1918, Vervoorn 13, edition unknown. 10 x 7 1/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a very good impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full. There are two skilfully repaired splits along the platemark, top and bottom. There are also a few subtle printing creases in the image, mostly in the sky at right. This superbly crafted, Vermeer-like image is a tribute to Everbag's virtuosity in a variety of intaglio printmaking methods. He's best known for his color etchings.
$900

Pothuis met Sneeuw, Herengracht hoek Korsjespoortsteep te Amsterdam -  EVERBAG

Pothuis met Sneeuw, Herengracht hoek Korsjespoortsteep te Amsterdam
FRANS EVERBAG
Dutch, (1877-1947)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, circa 1920-30, Vervoorn 48, edition probably 50. 14 5/8 x 12 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Also, inscribed "épreuve d'artiste." Here we have a fine impression printed on sturdy cream paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good other than for slight toning along an old mat opening. A catalogue raisonné was published in conjunction with a retrospective in 1988 at the Museum Kempenland.
$1,500

Peacock in a Landscape -  GERBRANDS

Peacock in a Landscape
ROELF GERBRANDS
Dutch, (1891-1954)
Etching, undated, edition probably about 50. 17 1/8 x 26 in. Signed in pencil. Inscribed "model" in pencil. This is a superb proof impression with full margins. The condition is very good apart from slight wrinkling and minor repairs in the margins. Gerbrandts produced several large, decorative works with birds as subject. He lived and worked in Amsterdam and after 1921, in Haarlem. He studied with Jan Visser and F.W. Nieuwenhuis.
$1,500

Dancer -  HEIJSE

Dancer
JAN HEIJSE
Dutch, (1882-1954)
Woodcut, undated (probably about 1930), editon unknown. 7 7/8 x 4 1/4 in. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression printed on fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There are two original brown paper hinges at the top corners of the margins, away from the image.) Heijse lived and worked in Middelburg and Amsterdam. He was a student of C. J. W. Nuijs and studied at the Rijksakademie. He also took lessons from Jan Toorop. Heijse was known as a painter and illustrator and his woodcuts are quite well done with a flair for compelling design.
$450

The Lovers (De Verloofden) -  HERCKENRATH

The Lovers (De Verloofden)
ANTOON HERCKENRATH
Belgian, (1907-1977)
Linoleum cut, 1942, subsequent to the Horemans catalogue, edition probably 25. 12 7/8 x 10 in. Initialed in the block. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on light cream laid paper. The condition is quite good other than a faint bit of toning within a previous mat opening. The margins are full. Herckenrath studied at the Academy in Antwerp and was influenced by the prints of Henri van Straten. This is an outstanding example of his work.
$2,400

The Neighbors (De Buren) -  HERCKENRATH

The Neighbors (De Buren)
ANTOON HERCKENRATH
Belgian, (1907-1977)
Woodcut, 1950, Jakob Smits Museum retrospective catalog # 12, edition unknown. 15 x 11 1/8 in. Initialed in the block. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on off-white wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This entertaining, post-war image shows the lighter side of Herckenrath's art. The Jakob Smits Museum held a retrospective of his work in 1977 with an accompanying catalogue. The early work is detailed in Karel Horemans 1941 book, Antoon Herckenrath, Houtsnijder. We are certain editions were rather small given the overall scarcity of the prints in today's market.
$1,600

Sunday Farmers (Zondagsboeren) -  HERCKENRATH

Sunday Farmers (Zondagsboeren)
ANTOON HERCKENRATH
Belgian, (1907-1977)
Woodcut, 1943, Jakob Smits Museum retrospective #10, edition 25. 15 3/4 x 14 5/8 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. Signed, titled and numbered below the image. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. The title refers to the people who ardently take care of their gardens after work and on the weekends. This large, wartime work is represented in the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp.
$2,400

Old Romanticism (Oude Romantiek) -  HERCKENRATH

Old Romanticism (Oude Romantiek)
ANTOON HERCKENRATH
Belgian, (1907-1977)
Engraving, 1958, Jakob Smits Museum retrospective #37, edition 25. 8 1/8 x 9 3/8 in. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. Initialed in the plate lower left. This is a fine impression in excellent condition. The margins are full. This engaging image celebrates the great sailing ships from earlier days and diverse cultures around the world.
$550

Drunken Cossack (Dronken Kozak) -  HERCKENRATH

Drunken Cossack (Dronken Kozak)
ANTOON HERCKENRATH
Belgian, (1907-1977)
Etching, 1936, Jakob Smits Museum retrospective #43, edition probably 25. 11 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. Initialed and dated in the plate, lower right. Signed and titled in pencil. The print is also inscribed as an artist's proof ("ép d'art.") This compelling image is beautifully drawn on copper. Angular distortions of the architecture reinforce the inebriated state of the subject.
$700

Tunisian Dancer (Tunesische Danseres) -  HERCKENRATH

Tunisian Dancer (Tunesische Danseres)
ANTOON HERCKENRATH
Belgian, (1907-1977)
Engraving, 1944, Not listed in the Jakob Smits Museum Retrospective catalogue, edition probably 25. 6 3/8 x 4 1/4 in. Initialed in the block, lower right. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is also described as a trial proof "proefdruk" with an additional pencil dedication in the lower margins. Herckenrath had a large library and read many books on other civilizations. He was inspired by exotic subjects.
$650

The Uncrowned King (De Ongekroonde Konig) -  HERCKENRATH

The Uncrowned King (De Ongekroonde Konig)
ANTOON HERCKENRATH
Belgian, (1907-1977)
Woodcut, 1941, Not listed in the Jakob Smits Museum Retrospective catalogue, edition probably 25. 13 x 10 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. Also, inscribed, "proefdruk." This is a superb impression of this exemplary Belgian wartime, expressionist woodcut. The margins are full and the condition is fine. In Flanders, "an "ongekroonde konig" is someone who acts like a king, or even a tyrant, in his own territory or sphere of influence. Herckenrath was ecologically minded and he detested the misuse of power, particularly with regards to the natural world.
$2,000

Mysticism (Mystiek) -  HERCKENRATH

Mysticism (Mystiek)
ANTOON HERCKENRATH
Belgian, (1907-1977)
Woodcut, 1952, Not listed in the Jakob Smits Museum Retrospective catalogue, edition probably 25. 15 x 11 3/8 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a trial proof and is so inscribed. The margins are full and the condition is very good apart from slight toning within an early mat opening. There's a complex narrative regarding this compelling family portrait. The Herckenraths had one daughter, Mariette, who died at a young age. This print appears to express a state between heaven (the stars), and earth; butterflies, flowers, a river, etc. which might refer to a stage between heaven and earth. This is a highly personal narrative to say the least. (I'm grateful to a friend of the artist in Belgium for assisting me in the explanation of this print. His parents were very close friends of the artist and this stellar group of Herckenrath prints are directly from this source.)
$1,800

Metropolis -  HERCKENRATH

Metropolis
ANTOON HERCKENRATH
Belgian, (1907-1977)
Woodcut, 1935, Horemans pg. 55; Jakob Smits Museum retrospective 2, edition 50. 17 5/8 x 13 1/2 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. This impression is dedicated to friends of the artist (Mr. & Mrs. Scheers) and comes to us from a family member. This is a superb impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Herckenrath studied at the Academy in Antwerp and he was influenced early on by Henri van Straten. This is an exceptional modernist, even futuristic image and arguably the artist's finest print.
$3,800

Two Young Women from Huizen  (Twee Meisjes uit Huizen) -  HOLST

Two Young Women from Huizen (Twee Meisjes uit Huizen)
RICHARD ROLAND HOLST
Dutch, (1868-1938)
Lithograph printed in blue-grey ink on chine appliqué, 1897, edition unknown. 8 x 6 3/8 in. Initialed and dated on the stone and signed in pencil. This is a superb impression with wide margins. The condition is fine. Holst is included in Cliff Ackley's recent publication, Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau(2014). He was a superb draughtsman and his talents extended to stained glass and mural painting. (RESERVED)
$1,350

De Architect -  HOLST

De Architect
RICHARD ROLAND HOLST
Dutch, (1868-1938)
Lithograph printed in colors, 1913, Edition Unknown. 17 x 12 1/2 in. Initialed on the stone. A fine impression in exceptionally fine condition. The gold printing is well preserved. This is the cover page for this publication which was created by the Dutch architect association known as Architectura et Amicitia. This fine example epitomizes the progressive graphic design which flourished in the Netherlands around 1900-1930. Applied arts and artists were a prominent part of the association as reflected here in the stunning work of Roland Holst. This impression is from the collection of Frans Leidelmeijer, Amsterdam.
$900

The Pearl Diver (De Parelduiker) -  HOLST

The Pearl Diver (De Parelduiker)
RICHARD ROLAND HOLST
Dutch, (1868-1938)
Lithograph printed in black and gold on grey paper, 1918, edition unknown but probably small. 13 7/8 x 16 1/2 in. Initialed and dated on the stone. This is a good impression with full margins. (The gold is printed a bit lighter than usual.) The condition is quite good. Holst was an important Dutch symbolist mural painter, illustrator and printmaker. As seen here, the pearl stands for the art object and is presented to the public by the artist (the diver). (Literature: F. Leidelmeijer & D. van der Cingel, Art Nouveau and Art Deco en Nederland, Amsterdam, 1983, p. 45, ill. 21.)
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