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Zwarte haan

In the spirit of Jan Mankes

Black rooster

A reaction to Jan Mankes’ “White rooster” from 1917, a beautiful painting showing his (then already) rare white Frisian rooster, I show the now very rare black variant of the Frisian Hoen. According to official guidelines, there are currently no more than 10 adult specimens around the world, with only about 5 of really fanatic breeders.

It has become an ode to Jan Mankes and the Frisian Hoen

This image was created as a result of the competition In the spirit of Jan Mankes organized by the 100 years of Jan Mankes Foundation. I was triggered by the painting “White Rooster” by, of course, the Frisian Hoen, to which I had previously paid an ode with Goud Fries. The painting “White cock” is typical of the style used by Jan Mankes (1889-1920) in these years. While his early works are more monochrome and the colors blend into each other, this painting has clear contours and color contrasts.

‘Witte haan’ from Jan Mankes

“Jan Mankes is seen by many as the best figurative artist of the 20th century. He managed to capture the sense of wonder he got at the landscapes and animals he saw in his immediate surroundings, in paint and ink in such a way that people who see his work recognize this and are moved by it. An ethereal, sometimes sparkling and sometimes sad atmosphere radiates from his work and stays in your thoughts for a long time. It is not for nothing that Mankes is a public favorite in the museum collections of Museum MORE in Gorssel, Museum Belvédère in Oranjewoud, Museum Møhlmann in Appingedam and Museum Arnhem. His work touches you in a way that not only appeals to the intellect. “*

My model is a beautiful specimen by the artist Ids Willemsma, through and with the help of Harm Jan Brink and Joop Petter from FrykseHinnen I was able to photograph him.

* text from the site contestjanmankes

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