Jan Yoors, Charcoal Drawing G-49.8, USA, 1975
Jan Yoors’ unique charcoal drawing depicts a beautiful, abstract female figure. Like his iconic tapestries, Yoors’ works on paper feature dark, bold curving lines and captivating plays between positive and negative space. Yoors worked on this series of drawings while developing his robust repertoire of tapestries, paintings, films, and photography.
Works from Yoors’ charcoal series were exhibited at two of the artist’s retrospectives, one at the FeliXart Museum in Belgium (2012) and the other at The Baker Museum in Naples (2015). Displayed in pairs or in a larger group, the drawings make a dynamic, seamless unit.
Jan Yoors was born in Antwerp, Belgium to a cultured, liberal family of artists. At the age of twelve, he ran off with a wandering band, or kumpania, of Gypsies and lived with them on and off for the next ten years. During World War II, the artist worked with the Allies to help the Gypsies. His memoir on this period of his life, The Gypsies, was published in 1965 and remains a seminal work on this unique group of people.
Yoors is one the most important textile artists of the twentieth century. In the past five years, his work has been featured in a dozen solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum, the Archives of American Art, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. His drawings, his tapestries, and his own fascinating personal history have been featured in various publications including Architectural Digest, Vogue, and Elle Décor. In 2015, in recognition of his importance as a historical figure and as an artist, Belgium issued a postage stamp of Yoors’ Yellow Tantra tapestry.
Dimensions: 35” L x 39” W x 2” D, 88.9 L x 99.06 W x 5.08 D cm
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