Row of Trees on ceramic tile
The high gloss ceramic tile has a size of 20 x 15 cm. With the easelback on the backside of the tile you can hang it on your wall or stand it upright.
Row of Trees
Jan Mankes was born in 1889 in a Dutch village called Meppel. In 1904 the family moved to Delft and he started taking lessons at the Art Academy in The Hague. In 1913 he married a Dutch pastor. A few years later, Jan Mankes became ill and they hoped that being surrounded by nature would do him good, so together they moved to the North of the Netherlands. Jan produced around 200 paintings, 100 drawings and 50 prints before dying of tuberculosis at the age of 30.
The subjects of his artworks ranged from self-portraits to landscapes and studies of birds and animals. His early works mostly consist of dark birds with dark tones. He later started painting lighter coloured animals. When he was working with white, he was able to acquire a pearly lustre because of his soft brush strokes. He studied and sketched his subjects, mostly birds and farm animals, until he knew them by heart.
He painted his paintings by memory. In this way he captures the essence of the subject, instead of being focused on a realistic portrayal. His paintings are often described as a fairytale-like and dreamy depiction of nature, of which the Row of Trees is a beautiful example.
Jan Mankes (1889-1920), Row of Trees 1915, Oil on canvas, 52x69cm, Collection Museum MORE.