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Jan Cox (1919-1980)

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Jan Cox’s dramatic live started with ‘The Young Belgian Painters’ in 1945. From the start he questioned the actuality of western cultures roods, the classic myths and Christianity, in a multicultural world. He realized his first important series ‘the Orpheus’ in 1959 in Boston. In 1975 he exhibited his monumental painting cycle ‘The Iliad’ at the Royal Museum Of Fine Art in Brussels. Finaly the ‘Calvary’ was exhibited in Antwerp after his suicide in 1980.
Jan Cox mentions two important sources for the development of his modern vision; Van Gogh and Picasso. He mentions especially ‘Guernica’, the story of a small village who becomes an expression of universal indignation for war atrocities. He will share with Picasso the need to express emotion and reject the aesthetic formal approach of pure abstraction. (Jan Cox, daily journals, Claire Vandamme)

Pablo Picasso's controversial "Guernica" is a political statement. This paintings illustrates an immediate reaction to the Nazi's casual bombing during the Spanish Civil War. This painting is an antiwar symbol, and a reminder of the tragedies. Guernica i

Jan Cox, Iliad, The End, Antwerp 1975

Jan Cox, Iliad, The End, Antwerp 1975

Jan Cox reintroduced the narrative in painting with great classic themes as Orpheus, Judith and Holofernes, The Iliad and the Calvary. His personal use of lyrical form and color makes him an exceptional and influential post-war painter.

Jan Cox reintroduced the narrative in painting with great classic themes as Orpheus, Judith and Holofernes, The Iliad and the Calvary. His personal use of lyrical form and color makes him an exceptional and influential post-war painter.

Second Loss of Eurydice, 1959 -  Orpheus is a legend about loss of love which inspired countless European artists. Eurydice dies young, the victim of blind fate (Moira) so that Orpheus might prove his heroic love. His singing can bring her back but destiny is cruel and the second loss takes Orpheus to his tortured inner world.

Second Loss of Eurydice, 1959 - Orpheus is a legend about loss of love which inspired countless European artists. Eurydice dies young, the victim of blind fate (Moira) so that Orpheus might prove his heroic love. His singing can bring her back but destiny is cruel and the second loss takes Orpheus to his tortured inner world.

The Two Sisters, 1948, Collection Royal Museum Fine Arts,(KMSKA), Antwerp

The Two Sisters, 1948, Collection Royal Museum Fine Arts,(KMSKA), Antwerp

Jan Cox (1919-1980) , The all devouring bird and the serpent of the earth, Rome 1955 - Abstraction and figuration alternate to form an enigmatic and poetic context. The dreamlike image expresses a profound psychological tension.

Jan Cox , The all devouring bird and the serpent of the earth, Rome 1955 - Abstraction and figuration alternate to form an enigmatic and poetic context. The dreamlike image expresses a profound psychological tension.

poets-in-my-house1953

poets-in-my-house1953

Jan Cox (Belgium1919-1980), Fleur, 1979, – Cox uses frequently vegetal motifs where floral forms dissolve in large abstract zones. Dominant green and blue tones are characteristic for the vegetal works of the seventies (Musical Plants, 1977, Fleur, 1979) – Cornette de Saint Cyr, Brussels, Nov. 19, 2017 lot 187. #jancox #postmodernism #paintforum #thecolectorslist #artauction

Jan Cox (Belgium1919-1980), Fleur, 1979, – Cox uses frequently vegetal motifs where floral forms dissolve in large abstract zones. Dominant green and blue tones are characteristic for the vegetal works of the seventies (Musical Plants, 1977, Fleur, 1979) – Cornette de Saint Cyr, Brussels, Nov. 19, 2017 lot 187. #jancox #postmodernism #paintforum #thecolectorslist #artauction

"Nature morte à la carafe et aux fruits", 1947, - With the end of the war the prohibition of degenerate art (Entartete Kunst) ended and room was made for new experiences. Brussel’s Palace of Fine Arts took the lead and exhibited ‘La Jeune Peinture Française’ in 1945. Soon after the artist association ‘Jeune Peinture Belge’ is launched by Robert Delevoy. The re-discovery of Picasso’s expressive decomposition of reality will become the main source for experiment within the new association. .

"Nature morte à la carafe et aux fruits", 1947, - With the end of the war the prohibition of degenerate art (Entartete Kunst) ended and room was made for new experiences. Brussel’s Palace of Fine Arts took the lead and exhibited ‘La Jeune Peinture Française’ in 1945. Soon after the artist association ‘Jeune Peinture Belge’ is launched by Robert Delevoy. The re-discovery of Picasso’s expressive decomposition of reality will become the main source for experiment within the new association. .

Cox jan zt 1979 photo m hka

Cox jan zt 1979 photo m hka

Calvary, The Crown of Thorns, 1980, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 125 cm. When painting becomes existential and the message a live performance, deception and disillusion are lingering in the dark. His identification with the Messiah’s suffering leaded to the painting cycle ‘The Calvary’ and finally to his suicide.

Calvary, The Crown of Thorns, 1980, acrylic on canvas, 160 x 125 cm. When painting becomes existential and the message a live performance, deception and disillusion are lingering in the dark. His identification with the Messiah’s suffering leaded to the painting cycle ‘The Calvary’ and finally to his suicide.

Petrified Wood, 1979, acrylic on canvas, 130 X 200 cm. Muhka Antwerpen In ‘Petrified Wood’,  the artist’s choice for rotten wood and fossils, is typical for the underlying questioning about existence. All beauty is the result from a cycle of decay and re-bird.

Petrified Wood, acrylic on canvas, 130 X 200 cm. Muhka Antwerpen In ‘Petrified Wood’, the artist’s choice for rotten wood and fossils, is typical for the underlying questioning about existence. All beauty is the result from a cycle of decay and re-bird.

Le Départ, (The Departure)1954, Orpheus starts his journey to Hades to rescue his Eurydice at the price of his own existence.

Le Départ, (The Orpheus starts his journey to Hades to rescue his Eurydice at the price of his own existence.

Self Portait, 1944, The mysterious voyage to discover our inner space. Who are we?

Self Portait, The mysterious voyage to discover our inner space.

Iliad, 1975, 44- Hector and Andromache  The last parting between Hector and Andromache. Both have a premonition of the disaster that awaits him. Tenderness and fear are the predominant feelings.

Iliad, Hector and Andromache The last parting between Hector and Andromache. Both have a premonition of the disaster that awaits him. Tenderness and fear are the predominant feelings.