Paul Joostens ( Antwerp 1889 - Antwerp 1960 )
Bar girls, ca 1920
4 x pencil on paper
180 x 147 x 172 mm/185 mm x 133 mm/195/212 x 120 mm x 495 mm
Each signed P.J. with Studio stamp on the bottom right
 
Provenance:
Legacy Paul Joostens, Antwerp
Raoul Tyriard, Antwerp
Galerie De Dobbelhoef
 
Exhibitions:
I.C.C.,Paul Joostens, Antwerp, 1976, no. 178
 
Literature:
Antwerp, I.C.C., Paul Joostens, 1976
Xavier Cannone, 7 Arts, 1922-1928, Gallery Ronny Van de Velde, Knokke, 2017, p. 91 ill.142-145
 
Artist Biography:
Painter, sculptor, engraver, architect, furniture designer.
After studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, in 1918 he takes part in exhibitions organized by the Brussels artist's circle Doe Stil Voort (roughly, 'Continue in Silence'), and in 1920 and 1922 participates at the second and third Kongres voor Moderne Kunsten in Antwerp and Bruges.
After making works demonstrating cubist and neo-futurist influence, in 1922 he makes the switch to 'pure plasticism'. Also in 1922, together with René Magritte - with whom he works as a designer for wallpaper manufacturer Peter-Lacroix in Haren - He writes Défense de l'esthétique, a manifesto that long remains unpublished. He regularly pens articles on painting and aesthetics of the machine, he gradually leaves abstract theories behind. His painting translates his interest in the world of machines often representing them in stylized shaded geometric forms, the whole bathed in a dreamy atmosphere. He stops painting in 1925 to devote himself to architecture and interior design. After WWII he will return to painting, again in a sort of abstract geometric style.
 

Bar girls, ca 1920