Fine etching of windmills in a landscape in a brownish-black ink, 9" by 11" (14 1/2" by 16 3/4`" framed), pencil signed at lower right by listed artist DIRK BAKSTEEN (1886-1971). The quality of the work is excellent, reminding the viewer of Rembrandt and other better known artists, though Baksteen is a somewhat obscure figure today. Born in Rotterdam and educated in art there at the academy, by 1912 he was in Mol, Belgium, becoming part of the "School of Mol" landscape artists. Somewhere during this period he met American painter and etcher William Anderson Sherwood (1875-1951), who taught him the fine points of the etching arts. Sherwood was in Bruges, Belgium for twenty years, studying at the Antwerp Royal Academy. It is not clear where the two men met but Baksteen certainly benefited from the friendship, as by 1924 his work was exhibited at the Chicago Etching Society, and in 1935 his works were shown at the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels. Today Baksteen is known for his paintings and prints of cottages and landscapes of the Low Countries. This print is in fine condition and is ready for display. Allow for a few reflections in some images.
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