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Dirk van Dien (1948)

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A locally known artist…that is Dirk van Dien and that is the reason why he received a retrospective exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum “het Prinsehhof” in Delft. Living and working for most of his life in the city of Delft it was the perfect choice for this exhibition.

Yes…the city depicted by Vermeer and hometown of Jan Schoonhoven, he never became as famous as the two mentioned. But his art is pleasing, colorful and lately inspiured by aboriginal art. It is noit the kind o f artist i would collect, but i know of a lot of people who like this kind of art , because it is easy and pleasing to the eye and still complex enough to be fascinated by it. I recent ly bought the 1999 Prinsenhof catalogue which was published in a small edition of only 5oo copies and i believe it is the only one on the market at this moment. So when you are an admirer do not hesitate to buy this great catalogue because it is special for more reasons than one.

 

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Massimo Campigli (1895-1971)

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Ever since i added to my personal collection of Stedelijk Museum catalogues the Willem Sandberg designed exhibition catalogue for the Campigli / 1950 exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum i became an admirer of this italian artist. Combining abstract element with figurative painting he developed a style of his own which is time less and authentic and very typical for Italian art.

His paintings have a sense of friendliness and “Joie de vivre” nd are still rooted in classic Italian art. This artist is a true Italian master painter, but also made some beautiful and highly collectible lithographs and etchings. If you look into Campigli his exhibition history you will notice that somehow people has lost interest in this great Italian artist, possibly considered “old fashioned”  since one of his last major exhibitions was held in 2000 ( catalogue available at www.ftn-books.com). Still i am a fan and consider him one of the founders of great Italian Modern Art in the 20th century.

 

 

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Ronnie Cutrone (1948-2013)

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Ronnie Cutrone (July 10, 1948 – July 21, 2013) was an American pop artist known for his large-scale paintings of some of America’s favourite cartoon characters, such as Felix the Cat, Pink Panther and Woody Woodpecker.

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This is how the Wikipedia listing starts , but there is so much more to Cutrone as artists. He belonged to the first wave of New York graffiti artists in the New York region it is there he met with Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring and he even made it at one time as Andy Warhol’s assistant at the Factor. trone’s paintings are colourful, lively, and less challenging than those of his contemporaries. A frequent use of comic figures makes his art accessible and appreciated for almost any age. The first generation of street artist in the US were recognized as being important and Frans Haks from the Groninger Museum invited them for an exhibition in the Netherlands in the early 80’s. the result ….a growing popularity and appreciation for this generation of street artist and as a result gallery presentation in the first half of the Eighties, after these years these artists became less popular, but interest starts to be picking up. I have seen some great auction results recently and I expect a growing interest for the decades to come.

http://www.ftn-books has recently acquired a nice 1984 Cutrone publication.

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Stedelijk Museum ….an eight week job

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Many of you know that http://www.ftn-books.com has one of the largest inventories with Stedelijk Museum oublications. Publications from as early as the Twenties from last century. The last eight weeks i made an effort to include the many publications i have in stock but did not add to my inventory until now. I have include over 1000 Stedelijk Museum publications which makes my inventory one of the largest “searchable” collections of available Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam publications. Over 900 different itesm are now available at http://www.ftn-books..com

visit http://www.ftn-books.com and search for “stedelijk” to discover many of the beautiful publications from this iconic museum.

 

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Martin Monnickendam (1874-1943)

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Jewish born Martin Monnickendam never became known in the Netherlands until two decades ago (1999) the Joods Historisch Museum devoted a retropective exhibition to the artist. He painted every day life and some great interiors of Synagoges in the years just after WWI but with these only reached local fame within the Jewish community. It was not until the DE BERGENSE SCHOOL grew in popularity that the name Monnickendam surfaced again together with Kees Maks. Both artists were fond of depicting daily life of the “well to do” . Making paintings of people in theatres, circus and restaurants. These paintings reflect how the dutch spend their days and free time in the early decades of the 20th century. He died in 1945 of pneumonia leaving an oeuvre that deserves to be re discovered.

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Luc Hoekx (1964)

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An artist who i did not know, but because of the excellent catalogue published by the Hein Elferink gallery in 2006 i learned to know and discover ( http://www.luchoekx.be). Luc Hoekx. A long career and some great places he exhibited at passing by without being noticed by me. Entirely my fault of course, but his exhibitions in the Netherlands were scarce . In retrospect i could only discover two. One in Helmond and the other in Staphorst. Not the worldly places one visits to find some great art. But now , because of the Elferink catalogue, i discovered an artist who’s art i like and that made me sent him a message to inquire after 2 works that were on his site.

So let ‘s wait and hope that these are reasonable priced, if not……no problem it takes some years but eventually something will come to the market and who knows it will be mine after the final bid.

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Jacek Malczewski (1854-1929)

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There are not many Polish artists who have made a name for themselves in the western art world. But since a few decades some Polish artists emerge in the established museums in western Europe and Malczewski is one of them. He was presented in a retropective exhibition at the Drents Museum in 2003 and for me it was the first time i heard of this Polish artis and saw some of his better works. He is considered to be a symbolist painter and he certainly is, but in my opnion he more is a realistic artist who paints and draws every day life and people from his surroundings but frames them in a symbolistic way.

There is hardly any symbolism in the foreground of his art and the people he depicts, but look at his paintings and you will discover that there is symbolism and symbolistic elements, everywhere and even at some moments complete symbolic scenes in the background. This is how good art has to be and this is certainly true for Malczewski’s art. To discover this Polish artist the Drents Museum catalogue is a perfect starting point.

The Drents Museum catalogue is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Theo van Hoytema (1863-1917)

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Born in DEN HAAG too, van Hoytema was one of the first artists I encountered in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. A bird artis “pur sang” who is considered to be one of the founding members of the Art Nouveau movement in the Netherlands.

I have lost my interest in the artist and the Art Nouveau period, because I shifted my interest towards modern art, but the fact remains that the artists and his illustrated books and calendars are still very popular among collectors worldwide. In the time i worked at the Gemeentemuseum I had a yearly contact with Mrs. Schoonderbeek who published through the years all Hoytema material including a famous yearly calendar. Edition run ….over 100.000 each year and this made it possible for her to publish van Hoytema until some 20 years when she had to stop. Now i have found a delightful book on van Hoytema and his calendar and it shows exactly why his calendars stayed popular through the years.

The book is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Anton Pieck in fashion again.

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People from my generation remember the many Post and Christmas cards by Anton Pieck each family received . I even remember my parents chosing a stork with baby in his beak as a birth announcement. Pieck was huge….Piewck was popular and …Pieck stood for the most famous fairy tale park in the Netherlands…..de Efteling….

But after i few decades people got tired of the romantic scenes, populated by Dickens figures. Yes, the “DE EFTELING” attraction park was still there, but only because it had grown into a full blown entertainment park and the fairy tale forrest was almost forgotten.

But some 15 years ago , because some originals fetched excellent prices at auction, people started to notice Anton Pieck again. All because they recognized the quality of his great illustrations and drawings of town scenes and landscapes. There was of course a small  Anton Pieck Museum, but the Frans Hals Museum / de Hallen in Harlem was the first to dedicate a retrospective to Anton Pieck, the artists, in 2008.  A popular well attended exhibition which published a great catalogue together with the exhibition. ( now available at http://www.ftn-books. com) and these days i am selling Anton Pieck books all over the world and people collect and appreciate them. Anton Pieck is in fashion again.

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Piet Dirkx…the new acquisition “l’Idee”

This is what if ound on this 1991 Piet Dirkx. Signed by Piet and titled “l’idee”.

This work belonged for a long time to the collection of Otto Schaap, who purchaseed it at Galerie Loerakker around 1991. It was part of this collection for nearly 3 decades and now it has found a new home in our collection. This is what we had when unpacked.

 

and this is the complete work presented on two nails as indicated by Piet. 51 cm apart, with the yellow “sandwich” on the right.

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and here it is between some other works by Piet Dirkx.

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for those interested in Piet Dirkx , please note that publications, cigar boxes and paintings are for sale. Please inquire at ftnbooksandart@gmail.com