Size: approx. 22.5 x 31.5 cm. - Signed
Hans Georg Kresse (Amsterdam, December 3rd 1921 - Doorwerth, March 12th 1992) is seen as one of the greatest pillars of the Dutch comic scene, and he has left an impressive oeuvre, with Eric de Noorman as his magnum opus.
Hans Kresse is seen, together with Marten Toonder (who made Tom Puss and Sir Bumble) and Jean Dulieu (Paulus the Woodgnome) as one of the three great cartoonists of the Netherlands. Hans G. Kresse is rightfully seen, in his own country and far beyond, as one of the very best realistic comic artists, who also served as a source of inspiration for many other artists.
The beautiful painting offered here of an Indian Chief was made by Kresse for a never-published Dutch edition of H.W. Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha, to be illustrated by Kresse. The plans and drawings for it were made in 1946. Unfortunately, the book was never actually published. See the beautiful technique Kresse used at the time for his ink and watercolour work.
Original watercolours made by Kresse are rarely for sale. In any case, original artwork from the 1940s made by this great master is almost never for sale. This lot concerns one of these beautiful watercolours from 1946.
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