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Jan van Heel (1898-1990)

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Another artist from the Netherlands who promises to grow more important by the year is Jan van Heel. Van Heel has become popular among art lovers in the region of Den Haag , because of his clown paintings. A bit like Bernard Buffet became popular by a larger audience through his portraits of Clowns faces.

but although he stayed true to realism, his paintings have a child like quality. Wether these are his clown portraits or bird cage scenes. there is always a simplicity in his works that reminds me of drawings by children. Van Heel was promoted by Knoester art, but since Ton Knoester died some years ago, his paintings appear at local auctions without any financial backup and they fetch small prices at auction, making this the perfect time to buy van Heel. www.ftn-books.com has some nice publications on van Heel and de NIEUWE HAAGSE SCHOOL

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Bernard Buffet/ TOXIQUE and GIFT

Just a short blog on the 2 editions i now have in my inventory. There is a time difference of 2 years between them, but both are equally important. The first is the beautiful and impressive Toxique from 1964. A bold and important publication since it is one of the first books that makes in text and art the addiction to palphium /morphine visible. The art is among the best i know and the book reads like a graphic novel. The best is that the german edition from 1966 leaves the pages intact and only includes in the text the translation of the original french text by Sagan. Both can be recommended, but the purist will ofcourse chose the original french edition from 1964.Both editions are available at www.ftn-books.com

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Bernard Buffet and TOXIQUE by Sagan

Why Bernard Buffet in this blog. …an hour ago i was reflecting on my early youth and i remembered we had a reproduction of a Clown by Bernard Buffet hanging on the wall.

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In the early sixties, Buffet was one of the most famous young artists who was appreciated by the great public. A recognizable style and what is more important…. No abstraction what so ever. A stylized reproduction of reality in portraits, landscapes and still lives and made available for a large audience through reproductions .

This resulted in an overkill of Buffet’s on the market and meant his work was not in fashion for at least 3o years, but now this is changing. Large retrospectives are being held and one now realizes that his works are part of the evolution in Modern Art. One of his very best 60’s artist publications is TOXIQUE , By Francoise Sagan

 

and available at www.ftn-books.com, but looking through the inventory and reading some of his older catalogues you must admire the very personal style of Bernard Buffet and understand why he is now considered as one of the great artists from the 20th century.