Christmas Eve - THEO VAN HOYTEMA

Medium: lithograph

Christmas Eve - THEO VAN HOYTEMA - lithograph

Dutch, (1863-1917)

Lithograph, 1894, Rijksmuseum/de Groot 48 (i/II), edition unknown in this state; proofs only. 16 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. Initialed and dated on the stone, lower left. This is a fine impression of the rare first state. The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from a couple of small repairs in the lower margin and a few soft handling creases here and there. Owls are Hoytema's favorite subject and this work is the companion piece to his New Year lithograph of the same year. The edition of the print(s) was 200 signed and numbered impressions. This rare first state proof impression is before the edition and the main difference between the two states is the size of the star in the sky at right. Hoytema's interest in owls extended to his childrens book illustrations with the publication of "Uilen Geluk"('Happy Owls'), in 1895.       SOLD

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