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Oil painting by Jan Schonk. Signed lower right. The painting has been cleaned with some retouches and re-tensioned. Also applied a new layer of varnish. Very nice painting. Ready to hang.
Place of birth/date Schiedam 1889-06-11
Place of death/date Soest 1976-11-12
Jan Schonk attended classes at the Academy of Fine Arts and Technical Sciences in Rotterdam.
First working as a free artist, he was a free lance designer at the South Holland Plateelbakkerij from 1925 to 1930. From 1926 to 1930 designed pottery, vases and pots, (animal) plastics and relief tiles for South Holland. After this he designed some animal sculptures for Ivora. After that he only worked as a graphic artist.
After 1931, Schonk devoted himself entirely to graphic art, which is particularly notable for his urge to compose masses, surfaces, lines and shapes into rhythmic chords. With his woodcuts, lithographs and etchings, Schonk is one of the most important graphic artists of the 20th century.