Welcoming the Rijksmuseum: Jacques Villon
9 July to 26 September 2010
In its annual presentation in the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum will show a selection of works by Marcel Duchamp’s ‘unknown’ brother Gaston Duchamp, who went by the pseudonym of Jacques Villon.
Jacques Villon was a painter and graphic artist whose legacy includes almost 700 prints in addition to paintings. From 1950 onward his work earned international acclaim and his prints became popular collector’s items. The presentation features a range of graphic techniques that Jacques Villon used, such as etching, aquatint, drypoint engraving and lithography.
But as Villon’s work developed, it ultimately revealed a unique style that is seldom entirely abstract despite being strongly abstracting.
The presentation is built around the private collection of Mr and Mrs Van der Vossen – Delbrück, which the couple bequeathed to the Rijksmuseum’s Print Room.