Bob Scholte Art: Jan Mankes, Roos en Lelie in een glas 1912

Jan Mankes (1889-1920), Rose and lily in a glass, 1912, oil o canvas, 21.8 x 18 cm. 

Provenance: Van Beuningen family.

Sold to an American collector

Jan Mankes for sale

Hello, my name is Bob Scholte and I am a dealer in paintings, drawings and photographs. I offer works by artists such as: Louis Soonius, Leonor Fini and Paul Blanca , but now I would like to draw your attention to a work that I have by the Dutch painter Jan Mankes. The artwork for sale is an etching made by Mankes of his wife Annie Zernike from 1914.

Life of Jan Mankes.

Jan Mankes was a Dutch painter born in 1889. As a teenager he was already very interested in the arts and collaborated with other artists . One of those artists was glass painter J.L. Schouten. At the same time he followed an evening course at the Academy of the Visual Arts in The Hague. Around the age of ten he moved to ''Het Meer'', a place where he was surrounded by nature and this is where he developed his love for nature. Here he painted the painting “De Woudsterweg”, one of the finest examples of his tranquil landscapes.  


Jan Mankes met Annie Zernike in 1913 and married the theologian and pastor in 1915. The etching of Annie Zernike was made a year before their wedding. This is a contemporary proof print. For the same copy, but printed later by Dirkje Kuik, I refer you to the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.


Mankes and Zernike moved again to The Hague, but soon moved back to a more nature rich landscape, hoping that this would be better for Mankes' health, because he was suffering from tuberculosis. Two years later they had a son, whom they named after Mankes' father, Beint. In the meantime Mankes' health was getting worse. In 1920 he died at the age of thirty from the effects of tuberculosis. 


Nowadays Mankes is regarded as Holland's most tranquil painter and is internationally known for his tender and sensitive paintings of animals and people.

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Works by Jan Mankes for sale

Despite his very untimely death, Jan Mankes left behind a versatile oeuvre. It concerns about one hundred and fifty, mainly small paintings, about one hundred drawings and fifty prints. Nature and his family is central to many of these works, but he also made self-portraits. These portraits were mostly of his parents, but also of Annie. Jan Mankes experimented in his printing with different inks and paper types and adapted the design so that different states of it exist. Some examples are visible on the website under the heading "collection".

In the past year Bob Scholte Art successfully sold four paintings by Jan Mankes to Dutch and international collectors. Do you have drawings or paintings by Jan Mankes for sale and are you thinking of selling them? Then I would be happy to help you as an intermediary to find the right collector. For more information send me an email.