Hendrik Christiaan Spruit (1881 - 1942)

H.C Spruit, a colleague and friend of Dutch graphic artist artist Jan Boon was a teacher at drawing in The Hague who invented, in the years of the depression, a new graphic technique: linoleum etching. It resulted in “soft” etchings and because of the wear of the material not very resistant to the pressing process, only small editions. Over the years a nice collection of his work, pré-owned and loved by earlier generations, was built strolling car boots, charity shops and local on-line selling platforms.

Some are small sized while some are large, monumentally, but all are highly decorative prints. A fascinating man and fascinating body of work.

A catalogue raisonnée was never undertaken, and my archive learns there may be many more floating around.

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