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Kees Koeman was a mainly self-taught Dutch printmaker (and painter) about whom’s career and private life very little is known (see the accompanying biographies book). He lived and worked in Santpoort near Haarlem and is best known by a dozen strong monochrome, mainly bird and animal motives, showing up regularly in car boots and auction. They are reminding of prints by Dutch printmakers Samuel Jesserun de Mesquita and Jan Schonk. His work looks “simple” but stands out in the careful planning and distribution of opposing white and black (Japanese “Notan”). 

The flirting in the moonlight Jackdaws is the only known “different” print and executed very “Japanese”.