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Geertjan van Oostende (1941)

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van Oostende his works are relayted to the ones Anton Heyboer made during the Seventies. Many dry point etchings and filled with a symbolic/abstract language. van Oostende was at one time a pupil of heyboer and they always stayed in close contact. The admiration for Heyboer shows in his works.

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Not many books are published on van Oostende and hardly any museum presentations make this artist not very well known. Still leaf through the book ( available at http://www.ftn-books.com ) and you see real quality art work by an artist who derves to be known much more. Abstract etchings, painting and special publications make this an artist well worh colelcting.

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Constant Permeke (1886-1952)

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Like van Gogh and his fellow country man Josef Cantré, Constant Permeke was fascinated with farmers and workers. Inspired by these men and woman he made some beautiful impressive paintings in a style which was highly original and recognizable. Brown, blacks and some sand colors painted on a canvas made some of the most impressive art from Belgium from the early 20th century.

Beside a gifted painter, he was also an impressive sculptor. Inspired by the same subjects his sculptures seem to be even more abstract thatn his paintings. Of course the sahpe one can recognize but there is also an abstract quality with these sculptures. In the Netherlands not many Permeke art can be seen, but there is a tremendous painting in the collections of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Kunstmuseum) and the Kroller  Muller museum.

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The following Permeke titles are available at www.ftn-books.com