Woman Looking at the Sun (Vrouw naar de Zon Kijkend) - JAN TOOROP
Drypoint, probably done in 1899, Spaanstra-Polak 52, edition unknown. 9 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. Signed and dated (1902) in the plate. Signed in pencil, lower right, and inscribed "droge naald door..." ('drypoint by....'). This is a superb impression of this extremely rare print. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is excellent apart from a minor ripple here and there at the sheet edges. This print is also called "The Awakening" ('Het Ontwaken'), or, "Sunset" ('Zonsondergang'), or, "Dawn" ('L'Aurore'). It is also the largest print by Toorop. Probably, he mistakenly dated the work as 1902. (At the exhibition of Libre Esthétique in Brussels (1900), there was a print exhibited by Toorop called "L'Aurore.") Impressions of this exceptional work are located in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The sitter is the artist's English-born wife, Annie. Provenance: Heek (?) Antiquariaat, 1964 and private collection, The Netherlands.
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