The people who know my taste in art , know also that i am not the greatest fan of Rembrandt his painting.
Technically Rembrandt belonged to the avantgarde of his age, but emotionally he never hit the right spot with me. Still there is one exception for Rembrandt as an artist, ….i admire his etchings. And this is feeling is emphasized since i recently acquired a book totally devoted to his erotic etchings.
A french publication from 1978 which is according to my knowledge complete. The etchings are depiceted 1:1 and show exactly why I consider Rembrandt a great etcher. The only diappoint is that pubication is not a facsimile one, but i can still highly recommend it. Other titles on Rembrandt available at www.ftn-books.com
I never had seen a Montyn work until the early ~Seventies. At that timne i bought my first Jan Montyn etching. A blue bird, simplified on a typical Montyn background. It was a fairly large etching and i had it on the wall for over 10 years and then i changed it for a photograph of Lucien Clergue. It is in a drawer for 3 decades now, but i still like it . It is the same with all other Montyn etchings. They have something dreamlike and combine realism with abstract parts and all have great technique. Some years after i bought this etching i read the autobiography of Jan Montyn in which he tells the story of his early life. Specially the days he spent in the Foreign Legion, was shipwrecked as a sailor for the Kriegsmarine and was sent to the Eastern Front near Koerlandand and particpated in the battles over there. A colorfull figure, who perhaps did not always make the right (political) choices in his life, but his art still stands out and deserves to be appreciated apart from these. An excelllent title , published on the occasion of 75th birthday in 1999 is available at www.ftn-books.com
Just a short story how i found the Triptych by Guillaume Le Roy. I have been impressed by the graphic art of Guillaume Le Roy for over 15 years now. Since i began visiting specialized book auctions, i found that his works were offered on some occasions. In the beginnig i was not interested in buying them , but some 10 years ago i bought my first ” lot” which included 4 large prints ( ca. 120 x 80 cm). I began to admire his techniques and his compositions were fascinating to look at.
This was the beginning of a small collection of works by Le Roy. His black and /white ( now some are for sale at ftn art ) prints showed within the limit of the use of only black and white so many detail and shades that come alive as soon as you put them on a wall. So far the earliest of history on Le Roy and me as a collector.
2 years ago , at the november sale of which i could not visit the viewing days, my interest was raised in the catalogue when i saw a description of an item that looked to be an early print by Guillaume Le Roy. The description was not that clear but i recognized his graphic signature. I placed a written bid and i won the item…… picked it up at the auctionhouse and discovered it was a genuine Guillaume Le Roy . …. a Triptych.
Two folding panels covered on both sides with etchings and in the middle another 2 etchings. In total 6 etchings and another discovery….it was signed, numbered and dated. very hard to discover the signature, but it was there , together with the other edition information ( see the photograph with the item).
One problem, i do not have the place to present it properly, so decided to put it up for sale and now it is available for the true admirer who values and cherishes Le Roy works too.
One of the most impressive publications i have in my inventory at www.ftn-books.com is a book in a limited edition of only 75 copies . Book design by Willem Sandberg and filled with 12 etchings ( signed/numbered ) by Wessel Couzijn.
The book was published in 1966, when abstract expressionism was at its height. Great quality etchings by Couzijn who beside a painter/ graphic artist was one of the most gifted sculptors from his generation. A multi talented artist which was recognized by Sandberg who admired him and gave him many times a platform to show his latest art in the Stedelijk Museum. This publication “iI” is rarely offered therefore i am proud to show in this blog the complete set of etchings from this rare and extremely important publication. Enjoy!
Artist/ Author: Oliver Boberg
Title : Memorial
Publisher: Oliver Boberg
Measurements: Frame measures 51 x 42 cm. original C print is 35 x 25 cm.
signed by Oliver Boberg in pen and numbered 14/20 from an edition of 20