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More from the Decadent Dutch

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Illustration by Otto Verhagen from Yolanda – Het Boek van Bloei (1931) by Nan Copijn.

Would-be Decadents is perhaps a better label, the Decadent ship having set sail across an absinthe-tinted sea by the time these artists were putting pen to paper. Their drawings are another set of scarce images forwarded by Sander Bink who maintains the Rond1900 site. (See this earlier post for further examples.) Sandor also sent artwork details which I’ve quoted below. In addition to yet more overt Beardsley influence (the Verhagen above and René Gockinga’s woman with a candle) there’s also a striking Harry Clarke influence in the second Gockinga drawing which is closer to Clarke’s idiosyncratic style than (for example) these later drawings by Cardwell Higgins. Seeing one artist borrow the mannerisms of another is a common thing; far less common is finding an artist who adopts different styles the way Gockinga does. Incidentally, the Couperin novel mentioned below was published with a typically elegant cover design by Symbolist artist Jan Toorop.

(Thanks again Sander!)

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Otto Verhagen. Illustration (not used as such) for Couperus’ Psyche (1898). Engraving, ca 1913. Collection Sander Bink. This is a personage from the story but to me it looks somewhat like an Oscar Wilde portrait!
Illustration for the very popular fairy tale for adults Psyche by Louis Couperus (1863–1923). You might have heard of Couperus: Oscar Wilde appreciated his decadent, somewhat homosexual, novel Noodlot (1890), translated as Footsteps of fate. Some letters were exchanged. Couperus’ wife Elisabeth translated Dorian Gray in 1893. (First Dutch translation.)

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Sortie (1904) by Carel de Nerée tot Babberich. Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem (from De Neree catalogue, 1986). Verhagen’s Dorian Gray seems to be influenced by this.

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Woman with candle by René Gockinga, ca 1916. Current location unknown.

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Indonesian lady dancing [as I call it—SB] by René Gockinga. From the Indonesian satirical-political periodical De Zweep [The Whip] 1922.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Further echoes of Aubrey
A Wilde Night
Echoes of Aubrey
After Beardsley by Chris James
Illustrating Poe #1: Aubrey Beardsley
The art of Karel de Nerée tot Babberich, 1880–1909
Beardsley’s Rape of the Lock
The Savoy magazine
Beardsley at the V&A
Merely fanciful or grotesque
Aubrey Beardsley’s musical afterlife
Aubrey by John Selwyn Gilbert
“Weirdsley Daubery”: Beardsley and Punch
Alla Nazimova’s Salomé

 


 

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7 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Nick Hydra

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    Really like the Jan Toorop book cover. I’ve been a fan for many years, but he didn’t really produce much as he got religion and stopped painting relatively young, so it’s always nice to find something I hadn’t seen before.

  2. #2 posted by sander bink

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    Toorop did not really stop painting, but his later works are, if you ask me, way too catholic and therefor uninteresting.

  3. #3 posted by Paul Brussel

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    Although not an expert, the Verhagen-Psyche is sometimes said to be a drypoint instead of an engraving. The real date is not sure, I think; there is one signed and dated 1935.

  4. #4 posted by sander

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    100% sure about the date 1913, that’s when he made it, I have studied his legacy in the archives, it was only issued in a limited edition in 1925.

  5. #5 posted by Wiley

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    Nice to see a large version of that masquerade. John please stop posting such excellent shit, I am starting to visit your blog as often as DeviantArt. I am beginning to feel like I am stalking you.

  6. #6 posted by John

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    Ha. One of the reasons I keep doing this is because it impels me to find new things I probably wouldn’t have come across otherwise. These artists are a good example.

 


 

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