Flemish Proverbs (1934) by Edgard Tytgat

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Flemish Proverbs (1934) by Edgard Tytgat

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A woodcut in color on Japanese paper: "Flemish Proverbs," 1934. Signed and dated.

Tytgat's style can be described as a simplification of reality with an intended naivety. He derived his inspiration mainly from daily life and incorporated these experiences in his own dream world. For the present lot Tytgat was inspired by the traditional Dutch language proverbs, often comical and crude. Tytgat also references the tradition of visual representation of these proverbs that dates back all the way to medieval age and, most famously, to the imagery of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525-1569). Tytgat's work always has a certain poetic and playful character, soft irony, youthful courage and underlying eroticism which is also visible in the present lot. Referencing the past, what is at the same time foundational yet passé to Northern Europe in the age of "modernity," speaks of the strange social context in the year Tytgat created this and many other "traditional" works. It's important to remember that just a few hundred kilometers away, by August 1934, Adolf Hitler assumes the title of Führer of Germany, following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg.

Condition: Good vintage condition. See pics. "Flemish Proverbs" with skinning and tears to upper left corner of sheet and loss to upper right corner of sheet. One pinhead sized loss to paper at left edge of image and two areas of water

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