Dutch & Belgian Prints

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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.)
$2,500

Swans (Zwaanen) -  HOMBERG

Swans (Zwaanen)
DIRK HOMBERG
Dutch, (1885-1952)
Lithograph, circa 1930, edition probably about 50. 11 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. Signed and titled in ink. A fine impression with narrow margins. The condition is fine overall. Homberg studied in Rotterdam. He was also a painter with a wide-ranging choice of subjects.
$350

Zittend Meisje met Mand op den Rug (Girl with a Basket on her Back) -  ISRAELS

Zittend Meisje met Mand op den Rug (Girl with a Basket on her Back)
JOZEF ISRAELS
Dutch, (1824-1911)
Etching, 1879, Hubert 19, Zilcken 12; edition unknown. 6 x 8 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower left. This is a very fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good apart from a very faint suggestion of toning within a previous mat opening. Ex-collection: Paul J. Sachs (Lugt 2113). Israels was a leading figure of the Hague School.
$900

La Personne Récompensée -  JESPERS

La Personne Récompensée
FLORIS JESPERS
Belgian, (1889-1965)
Linocut, 1919, Buyck 204f, edition unknown but probably 50 or fewer. 23 1/2 x 12 3/8 in. Bearing an ink signature and dated lower left "5/9/19." This large and remarkable linocut was published in the portfolio "Six Linos" (1919). Jespers produced these works early in his career and they are quite rare. A fine impression with full margins. Mounted to a support sheet. Printed on thin wove paper. Minor tears with just one touching the image at top. Jespers has been the subject of several retrospectives including a 1989 show at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Antwerp. This print is beautifully framed.
$3,000

Scène de Cirque (Circus Scene) -  JESPERS

Scène de Cirque (Circus Scene)
FLORIS JESPERS
Belgian, (1889-1965)
Etching, 1930, Carpentier-Lebeer 33, edition 100. 11 5/8 x 9 1/4 in. Signed in the plate. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on cream wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is excellent. Jespers is one of the preeminent Belgian avant garde, modernist printmakers of the 1920s-1930s. He was good friends with the poet Paul van Ostaijen and contributed to the publications Ca Ira, Le Centaure and Sélection, among others. His produced several outstanding clown images during this period and collectively they represent a dynamic chapter in the development of modern Belgian printmaking.
$1,800

Clown à la Fleur de Lis (Clown With a Fleur de Lis) -  JESPERS

Clown à la Fleur de Lis (Clown With a Fleur de Lis)
FLORIS JESPERS
Belgian, (1889-1965)
Etching, 1928, Carpentier-Lebeer 40, edition 100. 9 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. Signed and dated in the plate. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is excellent. Technically superb, Jespers' etchings are subtle and understated. The quality of his draughtsmanship is really quite stunning and he might be best described as a poetic expressionist.
SOLD

Clown et Accordéon -  JESPERS

Clown et Accordéon
FLORIS JESPERS
Belgian, (1889-1965)
Etching, 1928, Carpentier-Lebeer 32, edition 100. 9 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower left. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil below the image. This is a fine impression in fine condition. Full margins. This is a fine example from his celebrated series of clown prints. Many oils were done in addition to the prints and several impressions were hand colored by the artist.
$1,400

Clown jean (Clown assis) -  JESPERS

Clown jean (Clown assis)
FLORIS JESPERS
Belgian, (1889-1965)
Etching, 1927-28, Carpentier-Lebeer 8, edition 100. 10 1/2 x 8 1/16 in. Signed in the plate and signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Jespers liked to print on a fine cream colored wove paper. The artist actively exhibited his prints throughout his life and most of them are from the 1920s to mid 1930s. He did a small group of lithographs and woodcuts as well.
$1,600

Dutch Town View -  JONG

Dutch Town View
GERM DE JONG
Dutch, (1886-1967)
Lithograph, 1916, edition unknown. 12 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. Signed on the stone and signed and dated in pencil. This is a very good impression other than a couple minor printing creases which are barely noticeable. Narrow margins. De Jong was a fine lithographer as well as a painter. Town views such as this are typical and this is an early work.
$500

Canal de Holland, près de Rotterdam (Canal in Holland, Near Rotterdam) -  JONGKIND

Canal de Holland, près de Rotterdam (Canal in Holland, Near Rotterdam)
JOHAN BARTHOLD JONGKIND
Dutch, (1819-1891)
Etching, 1875, Melot J19 (iii/VI), edition unknown. 6 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate,lower right. This is a superb, luminous impression of this early state. The paper is a sturdy white laid bearing a partial illegible watermark. The margins are full with a deckle edge on all sides. The condition is excellent. Jongkind studied in the Hague and spent much of his time in Paris where he was a student of Eugène Isabey. He was friendly with Sisley, Boudin and also Monet and he quickly began to excel as a painter in the impressionist style. His etchings are quite painterly and early impressions such as this one convey his best achievements as a fine and underrated etcher.
$2,000

Jetée en Bois dans le Port de Honfleur -  JONGKIND

Jetée en Bois dans le Port de Honfleur
JOHAN BARTHOLD JONGKIND
Dutch, (1819-1891)
Etching, 1865, Melot J12 (ii/III), Delteil 12 ii/III), edition unknown. 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and dated in the plate. Titled below with the printed caption. This is a fine impression printed with plate tone. The margins are full and the condition is fine other than for a tiny paper imperfection or flaw above the three men standing at the left. This impression bears the watermark of the Société des Aquafortises and was published by Cadart and Luquet and printed by Delâtre. This print appeared in January 1866; the fifth selection for the fourth year (See Bailly-Herzberg, 1972, vol.I, pg 182.) Ex-collection: Henri M. Petiet, with his ink stamp verso.
$1,800

Untitled -  JOOSTENS

Untitled
PAUL JOOSTENS
Belgian, (1889-1960)
Lithograph, 1922, edition unknown. 14 x 7 7/8 in. Signed and dated on the stone. This is a fine impression printed on VAN GELDER ZONEN laid paper. The margins are full with a deckle edge all around. The condition is excellent apart from a couple of paper imperfections, somewhat visible near the image. Joostens prints are very rare. This work relates closely to his sculpture and collages for which he is best known. He was also a poet. He met Mondrian in Paris in 1919 and was close to Paul van Ostaijen and Floris Jespers. He personifies the Belgian contingent of the Dada movement and was active with Ca Ira, the Belgian monthly magazine devoted to avant-garde art, literature and politics. Also, his Dada publication "Salopes" appeared in 1922 and that imagery relates to this print. There was a major retrospective of Joostens work in 1989 at the Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Ostend. This print is from an important Dutch private collection.
$2,000

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