Anton Rooskens

Dutch (1906 - 1976)
Anton Rooskens was a Dutch painter.
From records, the highest price paid at auction for an oil painting work attributed to Anton Rooskens (1906-1976) was C$21,600 - paid for "Indiaanse Motieven, 1948" at BYDealers in Montréal on Tue, May 19, 2020. has 3 auction art sale records for their oil painting results, with prices in the range of C$10,000 to C$25,000.

Anton Rooskens was born in 1906 in the Dutch Griendtsveen. A self-taught painter, Rooskens’s earlier work is reminiscent of expressionistic landscapes with a clear influence of Vincent van Gogh. In 1945, after a visit to the exhibition “Kunst en Vrijheid” (“Art and Freedom”) at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Rooskens work became more experimental as a result of seeing sculptures from African and New Guinea. In 1946, he met Karel Appel and Corneille, who along with Rooskens, founded the Experimental Group in Holland which would later become the CoBrA movement. Rooskens participated in the 1949 exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, after which he withdrew from the CoBrA movement. Nevertheless, the CoBrA artists had a lasting impression on Rooskens. This, in combination with the African and New Guinea sculptures impacted Rooskens’ working style. His paintings after 1945 are characterized by their geometric, simplified straight shapes. Rooskens developed a personal language of magic signs of masks, shields and images of gods were depicted in bright bold colours. Indiaanse Motieven is a suburb example of Rooskens’s dynamic compositions of this period.

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