The Sphinx (1895).
The Dutch Symbolist isn’t a stranger to these pages but every so often a drawing or painting by Jan Toorop draws attention to itself. The Sphinx above is oft-reproduced but you don’t always see it in colour or at a size that does justice to its detail. De Staatskas (below) is a caricature I hadn’t seen before, an unusual piece whose background is filled with stringed instruments that are also smoking chimneys.
Desire and Satisfaction (1893).
De Staatskas (1895).
Poster for Venise Sauvée (1895).
The Dreamer (1897).
Een Droom (1899) by Henri Borel.