Jan Cremer

Enschede, 1940

Jan Cremer was born on 20 April 1940 in Enschede, just before the Netherlands became engulfed in World War II. Father Jan Cremer senior was an adventurer, frequently switching jobs and working variously as a travel writer, photographer and journalist. From him Jan inherited the urge to write; his love of drawing and reading came from his Hungarian mother.

After the difficult war years in Enschede, Cremer became a ward of the state and was sent to work in a factory when he was just fourteen. At sixteen he briefly served in the navy before going on to crew on tramp ships, mainly to Russian ports. Following his time at sea he travelled around Germany, Italy and France, finally ending up in Paris in 1958. Between jobs he studied for several months at art academies in Arnhem and The Hague, where, just as later in Paris, he took lessons in free painting. He later went on to specialise in printmaking techniques.

From the first Cremer was an original, obsessive artist who lived for his work. Recalling the fracas at CoBrA’s Amsterdam exhibition, critics at his first solo show in The Hague’s De Posthoorn gallery in 1958 spoke of a ‘wild animal’. The following year Cremer exhibited at The Hague’s Gemeentemuseum and then at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

In the period that followed, Cremer lived in Ibiza for three years, where he linked up with the ‘Grupo Ibiza’. At the same time he worked on his first book I, Jan Cremer. Published in The Netherlands in 1964 it was a literary sensation and went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. In subsequent years he staged more than a hundred exhibitions of his work in museums and galleries at home and abroad. More books followed, but Cremer also continued to paint, abandoning the abstract style of peinture barbarisme in favour of paintings of tulip fields and other aspects of the Dutch landscape.

There followed many years of travelling and painting, during which Cremer also contributed to leading newspapers and magazines as a travel writer. Jan Cremer still manages to combine his work with his wanderlust.

 

Editions

Kaukasus

lithograph
1989
65 x 50 cm
Edition 200
€ 650

Thundercloud

lithograph
1989
76 x 76 cm
Edition 200
€ 650

Oekraine

lithograph
1989
65 x 50 cm
Edition 200
€ 650

Kandinsky

lithograph
1991
50 x 65 cm
Edition 65
€ 650

Tulips 1991 – 14

lithograph
1991
65 x 40 cm
Edition 65
€ 650

Tulips 1991 – 16

lithograph
1991
65 x 50 cm
Edition 65
€ 650

Tulips 1991 – 17

lithograph
1991
50 x 65 cm
Edition 70
€ 650

Tulips 1991 – 18

lithograph
1991
78 x 56 cm
Edition 60
€ 650

Tulips 1991 – 19

lithograph
1991
78 x 56 cm
Edition 60
€ 650

Tulips Circle

screenprint
1992
78 x 56 cm
Edition 64
€ 800

Tulipe Fanny Ardant

lithograph
1994
56 x 76 cm
Edition 200
€ 650

Tulpen 3

lithograph
1996
80 x 57 cm
Edition 200
€ 650

Under the Volcano

lithograph
1997
50 x 65 cm
Edition 90
€ 650

White Tulip

lithograph
1997
105 x 75 cm
Edition 60
€ 1.250

L’histoire des Coeurs

screenprint
1998
58 x 80 cm
Edition 250
€ 650

L’histoire des Coeurs 1

lithograph
1998
56 x 76 cm
Edition 250
€ 650

L’histoire des Coeurs 2

lithograph
1998
76 x 56 cm
Edition 250
€ 650

Tulpen II

screenprint
1998
98 x 75 cm
Edition 200
€ 650

Tulpen IV

screenprint
1998
98 x 75 cm
Edition 200
€ 650

Toscane I

screenprint
1999
29 x 37 cm
Edition 250
€ 250

Toscane II

screenprint
1999
29 x 37 cm
Edition 250
€ 250

Toscane III

screenprint
1999
29 x 37 cm
Edition 250
€ 250

Toscane IV

screenprint
1999
29 x 37 cm
Edition 250
€ 250

Tulpen 01-99

screenprint
1999
98 x 75 cm
Edition 200
€ 650

Toscane

lithograph
2000
66 x 51 cm
Edition EA
€ 650

Tulpen 2000

screenprint
2000
47 x 65 cm
Edition 250
€ 650

Korenschoven Rood

screenprint
2001
57 x 76 cm
Edition 250
€ 500

Toscane II – 01

screenprint
2001
120 x 80 cm
Edition 150
€ 750

Toscane III – 01

screenprint
2001
120 x 80 cm
Edition 150
€ 750

Carnaval des Tulipes

screenprint
2001
105 x 75 cm
Edition 250
€ 800

Tulipes du Nord

screenprint
2003
70 x 52 cm
Edition 250
€ 650

Tulipes du Sud

screenprint
2003
70 x 52 cm
Edition 250
€ 650

Tatjana M.

screenprint
1978
110 x 80 cm
Edition 100
€ 950

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Jaski Gallery is situated in the heart of Amsterdam’s Art & Antiques district, where we’ve been since 1988. We specialise in work from the CoBrA movement and contemporary art. The gallery regularly stages exhibitions and takes part in major art fairs such as TEFAF in Maastricht and PAN Amsterdam. We are open seven days a week.

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