“ Epic  Hymn  to  Labor ”

Millet’s  Gleaners  from  1857

here  condensed

in  the  straightforward  black & white  of  the  woodcut

Koning, Dirk (Groot-Schermer 1888 – Blaricum 1978). The Gleaners. Two stooping peasant women to the right before four grain stacks. Woodcut. C. 1920. Inscribed: in the stock with the monogram DK and autographed in ink: DKoning. 7⅛ × 9⅞ in (18.2 × 25 cm).

Dirk Koning, Gleaners

Vollmer III, 94; van Waay 66. – On China mounted at the corners. – Koning was pupil of Jaap Weyand, later furthered by Fauconnier + Piet van Wijngaerdt. Active as figure, flower, and landscape painter, in the 50s i. a. in Altkloster near Buxtehude, and married with the painter and etcher Louise Marie Louber. – Backed tiny tear in the white lower margin.

Picking up in reverse the two stooping women of the revolutionary Gleaners from 1857 by which Jean François Millet – although ahead of his time – introduced a new repertory to future generations of artists:

Jean François Millet, Gleaners
Jean François Millet, The Gleaners (Musée d’Orsay)

“ (Millet’s painting introduced) imposing new presences in the repertory of mid-century art, with endless progeny in city and country. Daumier’s and Degas’s laundresses, and even more so Caillebotte’s floor-scrapers, are almost inconceivable without Millet’s epic hymn to labor ”

(Robert Rosenblum, Paintings in the Musée d’Orsay [1989], p. 90).

Here  then  60  years  later

in  the  straightforward  black & white  of  the  woodcut

as  utmost  compaction .

“ … in Barbizon … (Millet) discovers the magic mood of the broad acres and steaming fields, which will become the grave foil for his sowers and plowmen, his lumberjacks and wood gatherers, his shepherds and gleaners ”

(Hans Vollmer, Thieme-Becker XXIV [1930], p. 567).

Offer no. 16,200 / EUR  168. (c. US$ 213.) + shipping

Dirk Koning, Gleaners

– – The same in not quite so deep black. – Mounted only at both the upper corners with slight diagonal fold in the subject’s upper margin. – ON THE BACK of the mounting carton torso of a watercolored construction sketch for a wrought-iron window-grate.

Offer no. 16,201 / EUR  159. (c. US$ 201.) + shipping

Dirk Koning, Gleaners

– – The same in also not quite so deep black and mounted completely on somewhat smudgy, on the back slightly spotted carton.

Offer no. 16,202 / EUR  148. (c. US$ 187.) + shipping

Dirk Koning, Gleaners

– – The same in also not quite so deep black, all-around fixed on the mounting carton, the back of which with autographed sketching lines. – In the white lower margin traces of printer’s ink.

Offer no. 16,203 / EUR  148. (c. US$ 187.) + shipping

“ Received the 2 parcels yesterday in A. M. I am very pleased with the books as well as the condition of them. Thank you again … I hope we can do business again in the near future ”

(Mr. L. A. F., March 11 and 1 resp., 2001)