Woman's Head (Vrouwekop) - JAN TOOROP
Medium: drypoint on zinc
Drypoint on zinc, 1897, Spaanstra-Polak 29 (iii/IV). 5 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. Signed in the plate and signed and dated in pencil, lower left. (He dated this impression 1898.) This is a superb, early impression printed on a light cream wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good. Toorop's model for this print was Marguerite Adolphine Helfrich (later married to F.W.J.G. Snijder van Wissenkerke). This sitter appeared again in Toorop's poster "Arbeid voor de Vrouw" (catalogue # 42). A drawing exists for this print. There were only fifteen impressions in this state; a flower is here added in her hair and this is also before the second signature was added to the plate. A posthumous edition of twenty-five impressions of the fourth and final state was printed in 1928 by Kunsthandel J.G. Nieuwenhuizen Segaar. The plate is now in The Rijksprentenkabinet.
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