The Sower (De Zaaier) - JAN TOOROP
Lithograph, 1895, Verbeek/Rijksmuseum 16 (iib/II), precise edition unknown. 8 5/8 x 13 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed in ink and numbered in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is pristine. This is one of Toorops's favorite prints and it's the quintessential Dutch symbolist print from the Nieuwe Kunst (art nouveau) era. De Zaaier is also quite rare today, especially in this condition. The artist used his wife, Annie Hall, as the model for this image and one face symbolizes "Het Verlangen" ('The Longing') and the other "De Berusting" ('The Knowing'). In the background at left is a mystical figure sowing. As quoted on page 132 of Dutch Modernism, The Schiller-David Collection, "In the 1890s, Toorop arrived at his striking symbolism, a personal and eclectic style based on a mixture of influences ranging from Flemish primitives, English pre-Raphaelites, Belgian and French symbolists to Egyptian, Assyrian, Japanese and Indonesian art." This impression shows the full sheet, as printed, with exceptionally large margins. In the lower left corner in printed text there is the following; "Imp. S.Lankhout & Cie, La Haye." Ex-collection: Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York.
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