Net Menders (Nettenboetsters) - JAN TOOROP
Drypoint, 1899, Verbeek/Rijksmuseum 45, edition unknown. 6 5/16 x 7 3/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower left. This is a superb, early proof impression of an unrecorded state. The paper is a cream laid without watermark and the condition is very good. There's a repair in the margin at right and a few thin spots suggesting the sheet had been mounted at some point. The catalogue raisonné lists only one state. This impression is before the clouds, before more detailing to the landscape, and before more elaborate description to the cart and around it. Another early impression, similar to this one but even later, is illustrated and discussed on pages 182-183 of Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau (2014) by Cliff Ackley. The MFA impression shows more detailing in the hair of both women, more work in the background area where the wagon is, and also, the right foreground and the expansive landscape at left are more fully developed than in our impression.
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