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Aarts Johannes Josephus

 

 

Aarts Johannes Josephus      Pages: 1

(b The Hague, 18 Aug 1871; d Amsterdam, 19 Oct 1934). Dutch printmaker and painter. He trained at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague, where he subsequently taught graphic art (1893–1911). In 1911 he succeeded Pieter Dupont as professor in graphics at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam under the directorship of Antoon Derkinderen. In the early years of his career Aarts produced some paintings using the pointillist technique, mostly landscapes (The Hague, Gemeentemus.); he also carved some sculptures in wood. He is, however, best known for his graphic work. In technique and subject-matter, his prints have a great deal in common with those of Dupont. As the latter’s successor he devoted himself to the revival of engraving, which his predecessor had reintroduced; his own experiments in this medium (in particular his scenes with diggers and beggars, all c. 1900) are considered milestones in early 20th-century Dutch printmaking. He also applied his skills to etching, lithography, woodcutting and wood-engraving; of the latter his Dance of Death series (c. 1915–20) is particularly well known. His subject-matter varies, from scenes from the lives of ordinary people to themes from literature and the Bible. An almost complete collection of his prints is housed in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague holds some of his paintings.

 


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