Seven Sacraments (1935) woodcut print by Edgard Tytgat

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Seven Sacraments (1935) woodcut print by Edgard Tytgat

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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 seven sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation or Chrismation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. Tytgat also references the Flemish tradition of visual representation of these sacraments that dates back all the way to age of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden (1399-1464). 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, unsettling 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 September 1935, The Nuremberg Laws went into effect in Germany, removing citizenship from those with Jewish ancestry. 
Condition: overall time toning and light foxing.

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Dimensions23ʺW × 1ʺD × 19ʺH

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