Composition (Compositie) - JOZEF PEETERS

Medium: linoleum cut

Composition (Compositie) - JOZEF PEETERS - linoleum cut

Belgian, (1895-1960)

Linoleum cut, 1921, Bex 231, edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 4 in. Initialed and dated in the block, lower right. Initialed and dated in pencil. This is a rare proof impression printed on thin wove paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is excellent. This linocut was also published in Der Sturm (XVI/I). This work epitomizes the Belgian avante-garde printmaking aesthetic of the 1920s which relies on bold geometric images often interspersed with typography and strong color combinations. Peeters, along with Edmond van Dooren, Floris Jespers, Victor Servranckx and others, defined a national movement which is also evidenced in their paintings and the occasional sculpture. Ex-collection: Emile Maeyens (Lugt 4178) and Albert Stöcker (Lugt 3872). Émile Mayens was the owner of 'De Distel' [The Thistle], a business specializing in art supplies for students of the Academy of Fine Arts. It is in this store that the avant-garde artistic circle 'Kring Moderne Kunst' [Modern Art Circle] was based from its founding in 1918. In addition to Mayens, it included among its founding members Jozef Peeters (secretary), Edmond Van Dooren, Jos Léonard and Alfons Marchant. (TO BE SOLD WITH THE COMPANION PROOF IMPRESSION IN GOLD AND BLACK. $ 5,500 for the pair.)      $5,500

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