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A  Backhuysen  for  the  Birthday

Janssen, Horst (1929 Hamburg 1995). Backhuizen greets Stubbe / at June 7, 1988 Dearest old friend Wolf Stubbe – today I don’t have any inclination for A. Waterloo (-) but this from heart. Dutch pleasure yacht with swollen sails, large flag at the stern + pennant at the mast on rough seas. Laterally left of this another smaller one. On the shore tiny angler. Dry-point in blue + black. Written signature, equally in the plate and there otherwise inscribed in German as above. 9⅛ × 5⅝ in (23.1 × 14.2 cm).

Horst Janssen, Backhuysen greets Stubbe

Kruglewsky 97. – Dry-stamp Griffelkunst. – On Japan laid paper. – Marvelous edgy impression with fine plate tone and the full margins of 1.9-3.2 cm.

“ In 1988 Backhuysen inspired the Hamburg draughtsman Horst Janssen to numerous variants of his motifs … ”

(Gerlinde de Beer, Ludolf Backhuysen, Sein Leben und Werk [2002], p. 222).

“ Starting 1970 … J. occupies himself with works of the old and new masters … In drawings and etchings he copies and paraphrases their motifs … In the engagement with artists like Rembrandt and Goya, who are regarded as authorities in the art of etching, J., too, sets milestones in the technique of intaglio printing ”

(J. Moster-Hoos in Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon LXXVII [2012], p. 336).

Janssen’s  intimate  birthday  greeting

for the director of the Hamburg Print Room em. and collector Wolf Stubbe (Stettin 1903 – Hamburg 1994), for whom art was indivisible and in case of doubt a “Dare something!” belonged to as Ernst Nolte recollected on occasion of the partial sale of his collection in June 2000 (H+N 348, S. 6) just as i. a. also of

his  publication  on  Anthonie  Waterloo’s  drawings

of the voyage through northern Germany to record generally:

“ (Active) for the Hamburg Print Room (from) 1933 … till 1969, Wolf Stubbe was an outstanding connoisseur of prints. Under his direction the graphic collection grew … to one of the most substantial and most extensive among German museums … beside of Old Master prints (his) special interest was for both the eighteenth/nineteenth as, too, the twentieth century

where  his  unconventional  vision

opened new territory to the interested and lead to the decisive publication ‘Prints of the 20th Century’ in 1963 … .”

From 1966 we have his publication on Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767) as one essential contribution to the art-historical grasp of his personality as artist, explored on the basis of the hunt/animal prints with the result of both a technical bravura as a quite remarkable development in regard of the landscape, too, on which latter merits already Ernst Welisch as probably first drew the attention to in 1901. – Janssen’s present references to Ludolf Backhuysen (Emden 1630 – Amsterdam 1708) & Anthonie Waterloo (Lille about 1610 – Utrecht 1690) go even farther back by a whole century and emphasize in context with the congratulator-artist himself the full bandwidth of Stubbe’s penetration of art.

Offer no. 28,603 / EUR  390. / export price EUR  371. (c. US$ 448.) + shipping