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Kunstwerken kopen van de Belgische kunstenaar Paul Joostens

Paul Joostens

Paul Joostens was a Belgian artist who was born in Antwerp in 1889 and who died there in 1960. He was a painter, draftsman, designer of collages and assemblages and poet. First apprenticed to the architect M. Winders, then training at the Academy in Antwerp (1909-1913). Initially painted in a post-impressionist style, until ca. 1915, then incorporated both Ensorian, 1900-style and Fauvist influences. Cubism and Futurism made their appearance in 1916. Abstract collages were also created during this period and from 1920 onwards he realized a series of Dadaist objects, composed of the most diverse materials. A number of satirical-erotic drawings and graphic work were created under the pseudonym Duco Of Malibot. In 1972 he turned his back on modernism and was inspired by the work of the Flemish primitives. This was followed by a religious-mystical period in a cubist-expressionist style from about 1930 to 1935. After 1935 his work became more subdued, almost intimate, in lighter colors and he realized a series of photomontages. Just before the Second World War, his work again reflect a certain symbolistic fantasy. After 1946 and until his death, his oeuvre can be divided into two themes. On the one hand, Dadaist assemblages and collages, on the other hand, the paintings and drawings in which his dreamlike figure of the woman, his 'poezeloezen', play the leading role. From the press: 'The main theme, the woman, contains all of Joostens' dualism: the Madonna and the Platonic glorification of the film diva, the public woman or the girl, on the other hand, barely affected by female perversion' and about his work as a writer and poet: 'In 1924 he marries a seventeen-year-old, travels to Paris, travels back and forth: Price, Bruges, but Antwerp remains the stopping place of his heart. In 1928 poverty starts to knock. Divorce followed in 1930. P.J. paints and writes. His writings are piling up. Also in the period 1930-1960. In Antwerp he moves from one studio to another, suffers from poverty, even bitter poverty, is physically ill, lonely and lapses into total isolation. At his death he left behind an extensive oeuvre and a mountain of writings. It was his last wish that a fund should be established to enable the publication of his literary work, because in the end he seemed to attach as much importance to his literary as to his pictorial oeuvre. '(Tijdschrift Vlaanderen, 1971) Werkte sporadically also under the pseudonym Jean Yostmans. Work in the Museums in Antwerp, Brussels and Ostend, among others. Mentioned in BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. Source: Piron
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