Anton Heyboer: The Recluse Printmaker

Dutch printmaker and artist Anton Heyboer liked to use photographs in his work, but a far cry from the Pop Art and Minimal Art. His works are highly influenced by his own traumas of war.

Eclipsed by successes of his contemporaries such as David Hockney and Lucian Freud, the Gemeentemuseum is honoring the artist with an extensive oeuvre worth of international popularity, as he was one of Europe's most important artists at the time.

Anton Heyboer, Is Den Ilp (detail), 1973, 33.4 x 40,4 cm, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; Anton Heyboer, Is Den Ilp (detail), 1973, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; Anton Heyboer, Joke - Anton - Maria, ca. 1976, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Heyboer has been heavily traumatized the war, having survived the labor camp in Germany and with one spell at Santpoort psychiatric hospital already behind him. Without his art, he would have destroyed his own life with drinking and the chaos of his life in the city. His wife Maria was his muse and an integral part of his art. Art saved his life.

Graphic art was his genre; then regarded as a low art form Heyboer used etching to create his own mystical, personal visual idioms, a unique feat in an era plagued with nonsensical art. Heyboer would take international recognition, but the success was something he could not handle. He withdrew from the limelight, adopted a roguish attitude and sold his work.

As a man missing in art historical canon, ten years after his death, the world is ready to take him seriously in the upcoming Anton Heyboer at the Gemeentemuseum in Haag, August 26.

The show will run through February 4, 2018.

Anton Heyboer, Christus-paradijs, 1979, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; Anton Heyboer, De drie slachtoffers van mijn bestaan, 1978, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. Anton Heyboer, Excist in Kunti, 1973, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

Images are from the press kit.

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