Between Art and Kitsch: Jopie Huisman Museum – Headpieces and Copies – Between Art and Kitsch

In the Monday, December 12, 2022 broadcast from The Jopie Huisman Museum, Rob Driessen gets a picture of a controversial artist at the table, Willem Jan Hoogsteder takes a shot at two similar paintings and Remco van Leeuwen gets to see a very special head piece. .

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  • Image: woman with cloth over her head
  • Creator: Auguste (Guus) Manche 1916-2000
  • Origin: Arnhem
  • Date: 1950/60
  • Material: bronze
  • Dimensions: 72 cm high, 14 cm wide

Mister lived with his grandmother when he was doing an internship in Wageningen. His grandmother was alone and found it very cozy and he was allowed to choose something to remember after her death. This statue was always in her living room and he doesn’t know how she got it. The talk in the family is that Mr. chose Grandma’s masterpiece. But for him it is only a memory of his grandmother. He calls the statue a laundress.

According to Rob Driessen, the statue probably represents Selene, the Greek goddess of the moon. She holds her veil over her head like a crescent moon. This statue was made by Auguste Manche. He was largely self-taught, a controversial artist because he was in the NSB and joined the SS with his younger brother. They fought together on the Eastern Front where his brother was killed. After the Second World War he was rehabilitated and he often made religious sculptures in Arnhem.

He made this female figure around 1950/60. The technique he used is called: ‘cire perdue’, the lost wax method. You make a wax model with injections, and you collect it in a plaster or ceramic mold. Then you pour the bronze in and the wax disappears. It was always small editions. The shape of the picture is not naturalistic, the stylization and the extent are typical of the post-war period.

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  • Presentation: the battle between Carnival and Mardi Gras
  • Maker: possibly attributed to Adam van Breen (born 1585)
  • Date: approx. 1680 large, 1649 small
  • Materials: large oil on canvas, small oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 51 cm high, 77 cm wide; 49 cm high, 63 cm wide

The large painting had hung at his parents’ home since the 1950s. Dad had bought it from an auction house. Who painted it and what it represents are questions they never found out. Through the grapevine, the gentleman learned that the same painting was for sale at an auction in Lucerne. So it had to be the original, and the larger one from his father a later copy.

At the time, his wife was pregnant with twins – so he needed the painting so he could give a painting to each of his children. He bought it for 6,000 francs. The copy is unsigned, the original bears the monogram AVB. There are a number of differences between the paintings, for example the copy has an extra tree on the left and a piece of house on the right.

Willem Jan Hoogsteder says that a monogrammist AVB is known, but he usually paints a little worse than how this painting was made. There is another painter who painted many copies called Adam van Breen. It is possible that this painting is also by him, although he usually paints a bit better than this painting. He only makes copies, there is also a copy of him in the Rijksmuseum. We see from the smaller painting that this is not an original but also a copy.

For example, the snow is painted overhand – in an original painting the background would be built up first and then the figures later. It is therefore possible that Adam van Breen made the smaller painting as a copy and that someone else a few decades later copied his painting again. So they are two copies from the seventeenth century.

The performance is the battle between carnival and Mardi Gras. On the right, a group of people with, for example, a funnel on their head, as a symbol of folly, and a broom in hand to sweep up the mess. It’s the carnivals. They are poor peasants who target the urban elite on the right, the fasting Protestants.

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  • Image: Asaph’s head
  • Maker: Jan van Logteren, design by Daniel Marot
  • Origin: The Hague
  • Date: 1732
  • Material: wood
  • Dimensions: 47 cm high, 34 cm wide

The head of the ornament had to be replaced in 1948 because it was attacked by woodworm. Fru’s father lived opposite the church in Haarlem. He had a friend, Jan Verdonk, who was a sculptor in Haarlem and who probably made the spare parts. And her father got these parts through Jan Verdonk. She does not expect the image to have value.

Remco van Leeuwen: This statue was made by Jan van Logteren, an Amsterdam sculptor and decorative plasterer who lived between 1709 and 1745. He is also known for his beautiful ceilings. The design is by Daniel Marot, a Frenchman who worked as an engraver, architect and designer. He introduced the Louis XIV style, a style known for its symmetry, to the Netherlands in the 17th century.

The picture comes from the organ from the Sankt Bavo church in Haarlem and was built by the well-known organ builder Christian Müller. The order for this came in 1735, in 1738 the organ was ready. Haarlem’s coat of arms can be seen on the organ, flanked by two lions and two figures on top. On the left is seen King David with a harp, on the right, who also has this head, is Asaph. He is known for his famous twelve psalms from the Hebrew Bible. Furthermore, the organ is decorated with ornaments and equipped with trumpeters and music-making angels. It is a very famous organ.

This head is affected by the longhorn beetle, a larger variety than the shoeworm. Now we wanted it restored and not replaced. The costs for this were then 6,700 guilders, partly supported by the public sector. The last restoration of the organ was in 1961, which concerned the organ itself.

Sent on Monday 12 December 2022 at 21:30 on NPO 1 (afterwards, the broadcast can be seen on NPO Start)

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