Lot 570: Dutch-Indonesian painter (1858–1928) who worked in various styles, including Symbolism and Art Noveau. ALS in Dutch, signed "J. Toorop," one page both sides, 5.25 x 8.5, November 4, 1925. Letter to "Ina." In part (translated): "I have been so busy with all kinds of people wishing to speak to me, my own work, the portraits and a huge amount of correspondence…Thank you so much for sending me the poetry of Miss de Ridder, such a beautiful edition with lovely verses. I liked the drawing on front a lot; it is beautiful and very well done. Let those ministers babble about art, but please hold their tongues about drawing, painting and monumental art. As if artists would interfere with religious issues. Time and again they prove to be insolent and wish to meddle with all kinds of arts, to be guiding as they finally fill their churches with art. They scorn verses and prose they do not understand and stick to their egocentric opinions. I strongly advise you not to respond to their writings. It is fruitless. I would rather write your publisher if a next opportunity arises. The public reading the criticism in the newspaper will soon be forgotten. There is so much chatter these days. You make your work out of love and with a God-given talent, simply rely on this, my dear Ina." In fine condition, with the horizontal mailing fold passing through his signature. Toorop converted to Catholicism in 1905 and began producing mostly religious art from that point forward. In 1922, he was commissioned to design a stained-glass window for the newly restored Grote (Jacobs) Church in The Hague. After designing a stunning window representing the Epiphany, thousands of Protestant parishioners protested and the church wardens ultimately rejected his work, resulting in the bitterness toward ministers he expresses in this letter. Fabulous content from this major Dutch artist.
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Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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