The Couple - NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
NICOLAS (NICO) EEKMAN
Woodcut, 1920s, edition unknown but probably 50 or fewer. 7 5/8 x 10 1/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right, and signed with the artist's red ink monogram, lower left. This is a fine impression printed on very thin Japanese paper, typically the choice of Eekman for his woodcuts. The margins are full and the condition is fine. Eekman was born in Brussels and settled in Paris in 1920. He exhibited widely in Europe and was friendly with Mondrian and Signac. He was very active as a painter and woodblock artist and even showed his prints in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago. (There's a wonderful website which has been organized by the artist's daughter, Luce. Visit: nicolaseekman.com.) As seen in the work of Henri van Straten, Victor Delhez and Nicolas Eekman, among others, a somwhat macabre and thoroughly captivating sense of humor often pervades Belgian aesthetics during the 1920s and 1930s. James Ensor was an early inspiration for this underrated Belgian expressionist printmaker.
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