Five Angora Rabbits - THEO VAN HOYTEMA
Medium: lithograph with embossing printed on chine appliqué
THEO VAN HOYTEMA
Lithograph with embossing printed on chine appliqué, 1898, Rijksmuseum / de Groot 86 (i/II); edition unknown. 16 1/2 x 13 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a good impression with wide margins. The condition is good. There's a small repaired break in the chine in the image from printing and there's foxing in the margins and somewhat on the verso. This is the first state with the number 2 in the lower right corner, which appears in the Animal Studies (Dierstudies) portfolio edition. For this remarkable print, the lithographic stone was actually incised by Hoytema to create a three-dimensional effect throughout the rabbits' fur. This print is a landmark image for Dutch graphic art during the 1890s and the influence of Japanese prints is readily apparent. This work is illustrated and discussed at length in Van Gogh to Mondrian, Dutch Works on Paper (2000), an exhibition organized jointly by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In addition, the print is illustrated and discussed on pages 92-93 of Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau by Cliff Ackley (2014). Pencil signed impressions of this print are exceedingly rare.
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