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Johan Thorn Prikker - beyond Art Nouveau

from November 13 2010 until February 13 2011

Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Exhibition Johan Thorn Prikker - beyond Art Nouveau. Photo: Fred Ernst Exhibition Johan Thorn Prikker - beyond Art Nouveau. Photo: Fred Ernst Installation exhibition. Photo: Fred Ernst. Installation exibition. Photo: Fred Ernst Harbour Industry (1917-1918). Mixed media 414 x 339cm. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam Fishes (1903). Lithograph 85 x 121 cm. Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum, Kunstmuseen Krefeld Portrait Anna Henny (1912). Aquarelle 77 x 60,5 cm. Kröller Möller Museum Lamp (1901/1902). Copper and glass 57.5 x 50 cm. Gemeentemuseum, The Hague Head of Christ – Ecce Homo (1913) Stained glass 178 x 92 cm Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum, Krefeld Intarsia box (1922-1923) Executed by Albert Schulze, Hannover Various exotic woods 28 x 28 x 8,5 cm Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss The Bride (1892-1893) Oil on canvas 147 x 88 cm Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Johan Thorn Prikker was a rebel, a moralist and a hard worker. That makes his multifaceted oeuvre surprising, but not always easy. It consists of paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, furniture, monumental wall paintings, mosaics and stained-glass windows.

In the Netherlands Thorn Prikker (1868-1932) is known as one of the most interesting Symbolist painters, with 'The Bride' as one of his best works. In Germany, where he lived after 1904, he is known as a designer of stained glass windows and spectacular mosaics. His celebrated design The Harbour Industry (1918), intended for the City Hall in Rotterdam, dates from this later period. The acquisition of this large canvas in 1922 marked Museum Boymans’ beginnings as a museum of modern art.

The exhibition Johan Thorn Prikker – Beyond Art Nouveau follows the artist through the various cities where he lived and the changes in his work. It shows his continuous quest for an idiom and a suitable technique to visualise his ideals. Johan Thorn Prikker saw himself as an ‘art worker’ serving society. He wished to present his ideals through his work in the best and most beautiful manner.