Panis Angelicus - JAN TOOROP
Medium: lithograph printed in subtle gray-green ink with additional work in pencil
Lithograph printed in subtle gray-green ink with additional work in pencil, 1894, Spaanstra-Polak (Rijksmuseum) 5, edition unknown. 10 1/2 x 8 3/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Titled in pencil by the artist and with a decorative floral design drawn by him after the title, lower left. This is a superb impression printed on a light tan-colored paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition overall is excellent apart from an occasional tiny speck of foxing and the extreme sheet edges show a bit of wear and faint toning. This unique proof is from the Meentwijck Collection and was exhibited at the Singer Museum in Laren in 2000. Panis Angelicus was one of the preeminent spiritual, symbolist themes for Toorop during his 1890s "Nieuwe Kunst" period. Panis Angelicus translates to "bread of the angels" and it suggests, as Cliff Ackley states, "that the souls of the departed are the spiritual food of the angels." This rare and remarkable art nouveau work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Gerard van Wezel.
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