Village Houses (Dorpshuizen) - JAN TOOROP
Drypoint, 1897, Spaanstra-Polak 32, edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. Signed in the plate and signed in ink, lower left. This is a fine, dark impression printed on a firm, smooth Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is quite good other than faint light discoloration within a previous mat opening (which is so often the case with Toorop prints). According to the catalogue, Toorop originally introduced the figure of a Zeeland girl into the composition at right. On early impressions, such as this one, the outline of the girl still shows on the side of the house. Regarding the title of the print, Toorop also used "Boerenerf met boom" (Barnyard with Tree) and "De Dode Boom" (The Dead Tree). The zinc plate for this print is now in the Rijksmuseum. There's an unidentified collector's stamp, verso. Provenance: Private collection: The Netherlands.
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