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Jaap Egmond
(New York, 1913 - 1997 Amsterdam)

‘Abstract geometric composition’, 1971

relief on cardboard
103 x 104 cm
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Notes

Jaap Egmond was born in New York as the son of a Dutch sea captain. At the threat of World War I, the family moved back to Amsterdam. He was educated as a drawing teacher. Another great passion of his was music. He worked as a teacher for many years and played an innovative role in teaching methods of drawing and art history, together with his colleague Klaas de Poel, in the 1960s and 1970s.
Only after the age of 50 did Jaap Egmond become active as an artist in his own right. In the mean time, the Zero-group was formed. Jaap Egmond admired this new movement in art, but saw himself as different: instead of choosing proportions and form out of an aesthetic feeling, his works were created purely following from a geometrically constructed plan and even, in complex cases, based on a mathematical program.
Best-known are his monochrome reliefs of papier maché. Later he introduced colour in his paintings too. He created several designs on (public) buildings for which he was commissioned.

Provenance

– private collection, the Netherlands
– Douwes Fine Art, 2018

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