Seven etchings in facsimile. With an introduction by Huigen Leeflang.
Item ID 70436
Amsterdam, Andreas Landshoff, 2016. Folio (39 x 34 cm). Text and seven facsimile prints. In cloth portfolio with printed label on the front (top) board. High quality facsimile prints in original sizes, produced in 12 color Giclée process in a limited and numbered edition of 175 copies. Beautiful examples of the artist's work. With an introduction by the curator of the Rijksprentenkabinet [Print Room], Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Hercules Pieterszoon Seghers or Segers (c. 1589 - c. 1638) was a Dutch painter and printmaker of the Dutch Golden Age. He was "the most inspired, experimental and original landscapist" of his period and an even more innovative printmaker (Seymour Slive, Dutch Painting, 1600-1800). Segers had a great influence on Rembrandt. "He is mainly known for his highly innovative etchings, mostly of landscapes, which were often printed on coloured paper or cloth, and with coloured ink, and hand-coloured and often hand-cropped to different sizes. He also made use of drypoint and a form of aquatint as well as other effects, such as running coarse cloth through the press with the print, for a mottled effect. Altogether only 183 known impressions survive from all his fifty-four plates and most are now in museums; the Rijksmuseum print room has easily the best collection. Rembrandt collected both paintings (he had eight) and prints by Seghers, and acquired one of his original plates, 'Tobias and the Angel' which he reworked into his own 'Flight into Egypt', keeping much of the landscape. Rembrandt also reworked the Seghers painting 'Mountain Landscape', now in the Uffizi, and his landscape style shows some influence from Seghers. ... He seems to have invented the 'sugar-bite' aquatint technique, which was rediscovered in England over a century later by Alexander Cozens (it is also called lift-ground etching)" (Wikipedia). "Segers sank into oblivion in the eighteenth century. Around 1900, advances in reproduction techniques meant that his work became more widely known. At the beginning of the twentieth century it was printmakers above all who became fascinated by the artistic and technical mysteries of the work. In the nineteen-fifties and sixties artists cited Segers’s work in their training. Stanley William Hayter introduced Segers’s prints to artists in Paris and New York, among them Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning and Nono Reinhold. Max Ernst was also influenced by his work. Willem van Leusden tried to unravel the secret of Segers’s etching technique and shared his fascination with his students" (source: Museum Het Rembrandthuis, which, together with the Rijksmuseum will be paying homage to Hercules Segers in two parallel exhibitions in the autumn of 2017). A mint copy.EACH PRINT IS ALSO SEPARATELY AVAILABLE AT € 185,00 The most inspired, experimental and original landscapist of the Dutch Golden Age