Woman Looking at the Sun (Vrouw naar de Zon Kijkend) - JAN TOOROP
Drypoint, 1899 (?), Spaanstra-Polak 52, edition unknown. 9 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. Signed and dated (1901) in ink, lower right. This is a superb impression of an unrecorded early (first) state and possibly a unique impression. The paper is a cream colored Japanese and the margins are full. The condition is fine although the ink signature and date are light and slightly faded. This previously unknown state is not recorded in the Rijksmuseum catalogue which was published in 1969. This state is before the date was added above the signature in the lower right. It's also before considerable work to her hair, dress and below her left arm. According to the previous owner, the provenance is Herman Heijermans (1864-1924), the celebrated Dutch writer. We also have the original oak frame with Toorop's handwritten exhibition label on the verso of the backboard: "Naam en woonplaats van de kunstenaar: Jan Toorop Katwijk aan Zee"
(name and residence of the artist);
"Adres van terugzending: Toorop Katwijk aan Zee" (Return address); "Beschrijving van het kunstwerk: Vrouwenfiguur - studie voor Een ontwaken" (description of the artwork: Female figure - Study for the awakening).
According to the 1969 catalogue raisonné, This print is also called "The Awakening" ('Het Ontwaken'), or, "Sunset" ('Zonsondergang'), or, "Dawn" ('L'Aurore.") This is the largest drypoint by Toorop and extremely rare. The sitter is possibly the artist's English-born wife, Annie.
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