Straatzangers (The Street Singers) by Johan van Hell

Straatzangers (The Street Singers) by Johan van Hell

Straatzangers (The Street Singers)

Johan van Hell

Title

Straatzangers (The Street Singers)

 
Artist

Johan van Hell

  1889 - 1952 (biography)
Year
c. 1927  
Technique
lithograph 
Image Size
15 15/16 x 11 13/16" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
17 of 50  
Annotations
titled and editioned in pencil 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
AB2011 
Price
$750.00 
Description

A quartet of singers, bundled up for the winter weather, sing carols on the street. Despite the cold they sing with gusto, mouths open wide, creating a "volume" to the composition.

This scarce lithograph by Dutch artist Johan van Hell was done around 1927 in an edition of 50. Van Hell was an accomplished musician, working as substitute clarinetist for the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

In 1915 van Hell married artist and designer Pauline Wijnman, who was a member of the Social Democratic party of Amsterdam (SDA) and a staunch worker’s rights activist. She was credited with influencing the direction of van Hell’s work away from apolitical landscapes and still-lifes, to social realism and political imagery.