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Jan Mankes, Some Bird Studies

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Here's a truly remarkable Dutch artist whom I had never even heard of until I came across an image of one of his still lifes on the internet, and was struck by its extraordinary intensity and quiet originality of vision. Jan Mankes (1889-1920) trained as a painter in a glass factory in Delft from 1905-8, but then decided to become an independent artist, and went to live with his parents in Heerenveen in Friesland. In 1915 he married Annie Zernike, who had studied theology at Amsterdam University, and had become the first female minister in the Netherlands. Since Mankes had contracted tuberculosis, they went to live out in the countryside in Eerbeek in Gelderland (a rural eastern province of the country), and he died there at the age of thirty. Although some of his landscapes look starkly impressive, the contemplative intensity of some of his animal studies and still lifes is what strikes me most. The best of these seem to be marked by a spirituality which reminds me of the work of Adriaen Coorte:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adriaen_Coorte
An enthusiast has compiled this excellent website, which contains many images (some of which I have borrowed to pass on here):
http://www.mankes.nl/
I have posted three still lifes separately above.


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And a bat to end with!
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