Johannes Josephus Aarts. Part 2A : Monsters, myth & visions of the apocolypse..

In Arte’s output there are two broad stages/areas of subject matter, in the first (covered in Part 1) he dwelt on everyday scenes of ordinary rural working people; farmworkers, dykeworkers & their woman folk; tramps, beggars and invalids. This post (Part 2), covers the period between 1920 and 1930) when Arte began to produce more visionary and apocalyptic work which featured known mythical themes and a self created monster character.

Perseus and the Sea Monster. Engraving (printing process) and plate tone with corrections in pencil c. 1907.
Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Perseus and the Sea Monster (version). Engraving c. 1907. Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Detail. Perseus and the Sea Monster (version). Engraving c. 1907.
Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Judith and maid with Holofernes’ head and body. Lithograph. Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Sphinx and woman with a seated man. Lithograph; proof-5.
Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Apparition of a luminous figure. Lithograph; proof-6.
Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Sphinx with a lifeless man. Lithograph.
Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Fighting Monsters. Etching and plate tone on Japanese paper. Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Tree with fantastic heads. Etching.
Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Wounded centaur. Etching. Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Five Mermaids. Etching, roulette and aquatint with white chalk. Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Death as a centaur with a bow and arrow. Etching, roulette and aquatint. Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Oedipus and the Sphinx. Etching and aquatint on Japanese paper. Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Two Men and a Monster in an Office. Etching on Japanese paper. Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Seated Man in the Dark. Etching on Japanese paper. Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).
Detail 1.
Seated Man in the Dark.
Detail 2.
Seated Man in the Dark.

Monster with bowl. Lithograph.
Johannes Josephus Aarts (1881-1934).

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