Anton Rooskens

Dutch, 1906 - 1976

 

Untitled,   Gouache on paper, 1968, 12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Untitled, Gouache on paper, 1968, 12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Anton Rooskens was born in the Netherlands in 1909. Self educated, he worked most of his artistic career in Amsterdam. In 1946 he met Karel Appel and Corneille, who greatly influenced his spontaneity in painting, and with whom he started the CoBrA group. Rooskens developed a personal language : long lines and heavy black streaks cover a space between light and dark. At the end of the sixties Rooskens artwork became figurative.  He had many solo exhibitions; as well as a retrospective of his artwork which was organized in 1976 at the Cultural Center in Venlo (Netherlands). Rooskens is represented at the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam and the Museum of Schiedman.