Jan Montyn

Oudewater, 1924

While self-taught artist Jan Montyn became well-known for his graphics, he was also a prolific painter and drew a great deal. In 1959 he decided to focus mainly on etchings as he saw this as his best medium of expression. Drawings and sketches were important to him, his sketchbooks functioning almost like notes in a diary. Often his etchings reflect an assimilation or a review of them.

In terms of style Montyn’s work defies categorization. He started out working in a very traditional and figurative way but in the early Sixties developed a stylised, often abstract figural language replete with personal signs and symbols. He was attracted to printing not so much as a duplicating technique, but rather as a medium to achieve a personal style and idiom. His first experimental etchings were monochrome, but gradually colour became an essential part of his work. Colour, form, line and content fused into an abstract figural language.

Montyn worked on zinc, deploying a mix of etching techniques including dry point, aquatint and burin. Self-invented was his method of printing several zinc plates on one large plate. Montyn always printed his pictures himself, in limited editions. The main theme of his work is the landscape as a projection of human emotion. Montyn meditates on landscape, as it were. His feeling of unity with the landscape and the earth is reflected in his use of umber pigment which to him symbolised the earth and everything connected with it.

Travels to distant lands, particularly South-East Asia, were a fruitful source of inspiration. Jan Montyn died in 2015 in Amsterdam.

 

Editions

Untitled

etching
1965
65 x 50 cm
Edition 10
€ 650

Ramayana I

etching
1976
50 x 65 cm
Edition 35
€ 350

Ramayana II

etching
1976
51 x 65 cm
Edition 35
€ 350

Ramayana III

etching
1976
52 x 65 cm
Edition 35
€ 350

Ramayana IV

etching
1976
53 x 65 cm
Edition 35
€ 350

Untitled

etching
1980
50 x 65 cm
Edition 25
€ 350

La Roche

etching
1981
50 x 65 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

Voortgezet Landschap

etching
1987
47 x 58 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

Mekong

etching
1989
36 x 17 cm
Edition 50
€ 350

Oasis

etching
1989
41 x 17 cm
Edition 50
€ 350

Untitled

etching
1989
65 x 50 cm
Edition 90
€ 350

Heartbreak Bridge

etching
1991
28 x 39 cm
Edition 12
Sold

Kyoto l’Entree du Tombe

etching
1991
28 x 38 cm
Edition 12
€ 350

Combination of Forces

etching
1992
65 x 50 cm
Edition 90
€ 350

Chang Rai

etching
1994
65 x 50 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

Pohara

etching
1994
65 x 50 cm
Edition 20
€ 350

Surin

etching
1994
65 x 50 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

Waterdieren

etching
1995
53 x 45 cm
Edition 50
€ 350

Yoginis

etching
1996
40 x 55 cm
Edition 25
€ 350

Elephant

etching
1997
50 x 66 cm
Edition 25
€ 350

De Ontmoeting

etching
1998
65 x 50 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

De Ontdekking

etching
1998
65 x 50 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

De Bevestiging

etching
1998
65 x 50 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

Mukdahan

etching
1999
35 x 49 cm
Edition 35
€ 350

Dawna Birma I

etching
2001
50 x 65 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

Mekong Delta

etching
2000
50 x 65 cm
Edition 90
€ 350

Monsoon Mekong Delta

etching
2000
50 x 65 cm
Edition 90
€ 350

De Muren van Cambodja

etching
2000
65 x 50 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

Renaissance de la Tour

etching
2001
43 x 57 cm
Edition 30
€ 350

Phnom Penh

etching
2004
48 x 33
Edition 15
€ 350

Het Beloofde Land

etching
2005
50 x 65 cm
Edition 25
€ 350

Love on the Rocks

etching
2005
34 x 42 cm
Edition 25
€ 350

Monumenten van Liefde en Ruimte

etching
2005
37 x 52 cm
Edition 5
€ 350

La Rève de la Nuit

etching
2005
37 x 50 cm
Edition 20
€ 350

En Plein Nuit

etching
2006
50 x 65 cm
Edition 15
€ 350

Paradise à la Lumière

etching
2006
28 x 38 cm
Edition 15
€ 350

On the River

etching
2006
45 x 60 cm
Edition 15
€ 350

Silence de la Mer

etching
2006
60 x 46 cm
Edition 20
€ 350

Tibet Mount Kalibash

etching
2006
65 x 50 cm
Edition 15
€ 350

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