Zero Man Jan J. Schoonhoven: Dutch Artist And Civil Servant

Text by Sandra van Beek

The life story of Dutch artist Jan J. Schoonhoven, known for his repetitive and geometrical reliefs of white paper, is hardly known. It is often assumed that he was self-taught, simply because he worked daily as a civil servant in The Hague. His life, however, is inextricably linked to Delft, where he was born and died. In this book, his artistic development, working methods and personal experiences are revisited in fascinating detail, based on those who knew him. The book is written by journalist and documentary film researcher Sandra van Beek. Made with a grant from the Mondriaan Fund, it stems from research for the film “Jan Schoonhoven, official 18977” (2005).


Publisher: Free Musketeers

Artists: Jan Schoonhoven

Contributors: Sandra van Beek

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Softcover

Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 7 in (14 x 17.8 cm)

Pages: 170

ISBN: 9789048435463

Retail: $24.50 US & Canada | £15 | €17

Status: Available

Jan Schoonhoven

Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994) is regarded as one of the most important Dutch artists of the late twentieth century and is recognized for his extensive and systematic investigations into light, form, and volume through his sculptural wall reliefs and works on paper.

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