Blauwbrugje (Little Blue Bridge) - JAN ALTINK
Medium: etching and aquatint
Etching and aquatint, probably about 1924-25, very small edition. 11 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in pencil lower right and also inscribed "eigendruk" in the lower left. This is a fine impression of this very rare print. The margins are full and the condition is very good. (There's some subtle skinning and adhesive residue on the front margins from a previous face mat.) Altink was born, raised and studied in Groningen and this is a view of the countryside where he lived. He was a founding member of the Dutch expressionist group called "de Ploeg" which means both "plow" and "team". He was also a gifted painter and this subject appears in more than one of his oils. The Groninger Museum houses a solid collection of his work and of other de Ploeg artists such as Wiegers, Dijkstra, Alkema, Faber, etc. Since 1993, the Museum has published a series of books on de Ploeg artists and the volume devoted to Altink, "Jan Altink - Iconen Van Het Groningerland," was recently published.
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