Landscape (Landschap) - JAN WIEGERS
Woodcut, 1923, edition unknown. 10 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on light cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a slight line from an old mat around the image.) This outstanding print exemplifies the German artistic influence on Wiegers during the 1920s and beyond. He spent time in Davos, Switzerland in 1920-21 and his neighbor was Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. They worked together and became good friends. After returning to Groningen, Wiegers's work flourished in this expressionist style and the movement became known as de Ploeg (the Plow). Other Dutch artists followed in this path including Jan Altink, Johan Dijkstra, Jan van der Zee among others. Works from this early period are rare and few impressions were printed to begin with. (There's pencil writing in the lower left corner probably reading "2ep/6" which could well represent the printing. This impression was possibly printed a little later during the 1930s-1940s.
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