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Oskar Tröndle (1883-1945)

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The first dutch artist that springs to mind when you look at the works by Oskar Tröndle. I Julie de Graag. She woorked in roughly the same time bracket as Tröndle and there are similarities in both their works.

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But where de Graag stayeed near her home for her subjects, Tröndle has a much broader point of view. I was not very familiar with his works but they have the same quality is the de Graag’s i know. Strong graphic representation of the subject. It is the kind of art i like most.

The scarce “OT” book from the Solothurn museum is now available at

OT trondle

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Fons Haagmans (1948)

Yesterday i wrote about Fons Haagmans and that he reminded me of Richard Artschwager…..why?…. i stil do not know, because when your really compare and study both, there are so many differences to be discovered, but at a glance i still say… they  belong to the same family.

For me Fons Haagmans stands for two things. His catalogues published belong to the best dutch art catalogues published over the last 25 years and he is a typical artist of the south. Born and still living in Limburg, in the south of the Netherlands, he had his most important exhibitions at the Bonnefanten museum ( Maastricht) which catalogues are available at

His art is something special and his works ( beside they are related to Artschwager ;-)) are strongly graphical and have a signature of their own.

nature, Letters/ fonts and numbers are a constant source of inspiration and worked out into joyful , intriguing works of art.

While studying some pictures of Haagmans i noticed some similarities with other artists:

left Fons Haagmans and on the right Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita (1928):

and left Fons Haagmans and on the right Julie de Graag( ca. 1915)

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Julie de Graag (1877-1924), Two masterpieces

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Anna Julia de Graag was born in Gorinchem and followed her art education at the Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten with Aarts and Bremmer. This H.P. Bremmer would later become the most important art advisor for mrs. Kroller Muller and was from the beginning of her career the personwho guided her into the world of art. Julie de Graag had a very personal way of depicting everyday subjects. Stylized, thick outlines, nature brought back to its essence. Julie de Graag was first and foremost a graphic artist. Her skills were superb and this resulted in great , beautiful small works of art. Her woodcuts i consider to be the very best and most beautiful i know of.

For me it started with a very small , but delicate exhibition in the Gemeentemuseum some 15 years ago and since i have been looking for these true masterpieces. There are not many of them , because Julie de Graag , had a small oeuvre and not many of these remain,because there had been a fire in her studio in which many of these works were lost. Furthermore she had to stop working in the early 20’s because she fell physically and mentally ill . and because of this illness and her weakening she committed suicide at the age of 46 . A sad life with beautiful exquisite art as a result.

It has been a while, but i am fortunate to have found another 2 excellent examples of her art and skills and both are for sale at For Julie de Graag these are large woodcuts ( approx. 23 x 19 cm) and best of all both are signed in the block and in pencil and in excellent condition.