Theo van HOYTEMA

Theodorus van Hoytema (1863-1917), better known by his shortened first name Theo, lost both of his parents in the 1870s.  His interest in drawing was awakened by his eldest sister, but likely out of necessity, he took an office job out of high school.  While working in Leiden he also continued his study of drawing at the Royal Academy of Art.  After being given some scientific illustration commissions, van Hoytema became interested in lithography and soon started to illustrate books and other publications.  By the early 1890s his career was launched.  He quickly made a name for himself depicting nature, animals mostly, in which birds are central figures of most compositions.  Theo van Hoytema seems to have been restless, marrying then divorcing, moving from town to city and back again, and he was sickly, apparently spending much of 1904 and 1905 in and out of hospital.  By 1905 and through the end of his life, he lived in Den Haag (The Hague) with his sister.  Van Hoytema was a prolific artist, who is today remembered for charming annual calendar illustrations which he produced in color lithography.  His fine art lithographs are elegant, and his compositions both in black and white, and in color, are strong and balanced.

Theo van Hoytema - Oude Kraai - Old Crow - deluxe edition on chine-colle - detail

Old Crow

van HOYTEMA, Theo

Oude Kraai (original Dutch title) Color lithograph on chine-collé.Reference: De Groot 155.1.An artist proof, aside from the edition as part of the ...

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Theo van HOYTEMA - Five Angora Rabbits - Vijf Angorakonijnen - Lithograph Sold
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Five Angora Rabbits

van HOYTEMA, Theo

Vijf Angorakonijnen (original Dutch title)  Lithograph with embossing on light-gray chine-collé, 1898.   Reference: De Groot 86.  Edition unknown. ...

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Theo Van Hoytema - Twee Zilverreigers - Two Silver Egrets - Grote Reiger - Great Heron - Egretta alba - detail

Two White Egrets

van HOYTEMA, Theo

Twee Zilverreigers (original Dutch title) Lithograph printed in black in on chine-collé.Ref: Rijksmuseum - de Groot 89.  Also reproduced page 92-93...

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