127. Jan Schoonhoven

Jan Schoonhoven
T83-16 (1983)
Signed and dated 1983 lower right
Titled lower left
Signed, titled, dated 1983 and annotated o.i. inkttekening on the reverse
Indian ink on paper, 99.9 x 65.2 cm
– Collection of the artist, thence by descent
– Auction Christie’s, Paris, 8 June 2017, lot 270
– Private collection, Belgium
A founding member of the Nul group in 1960 in Delft, Jan Schoonhoven developed an artistic style governed by order, geometry, and repetition. In his drawings from this period, variations of particular motifs, such as intersecting rows of horizontal and vertical lines, recur. His later ink drawings, such as this present lot, evidence freer, more fluid delineations.

Schoonhoven’s minimalistic ideology makes his ink drawings a particularly interesting point of his artistic career. Although his colour palette and materials remained restricted, he departed from ridged geometric symmetry and experimented with expressive, bold, painterly strokes. Despite the varying strokes of each ink drawing, Schoonhoven was able to masterfully serialise the drawings by working within a limited range of sizes, of which the present lot belongs to the largest format.

€ 6.000 - 10.000