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Toos van Holstein | “Art is travelling the mind”

A lithograph by Toos van Holstein and the Dutch Museum of Lithography.


In addition to her oil paintings, watercolors and sculptures in plastic or bronze, the well-known visual artist Toos van Holstein also makes lithographic prints. In her long art career, she has worked with master printers such as Piet Clement in Amsterdam, Ernst Hanke in Switzerland, Rudolf Broulim in Antwerp and now with Gertjan Forrer at the Dutch Museum of Lithography in Valkenswaard.

The lithograph that Toos made for the museum is full of symbolism. For example, the tower is a fusion of the Oude Toren in Eindhoven and the Lange Jan in Middelburg. The artist was born under the Oude Toren, and from her current studio in Middelburg she has a view of the Lange Jan. The tower with wings is both an ode to the bird that gave its name to Valkenswaard, and an ode to fantasy. Not for nothing is Toos’ motto: “For me, art is travelling the mind.”


  • Production: Gertjan Forrer and Dutch Museum of Lithography
  • Design and lithography: Toos van Holstein
  • Paper size: 35 x 48 cm
  • Image size: 35 x 48 cm
  • Edition: chalk and tusche lithography in 4 colors
  • Print run: only 175 copies, numbered and signed, with präge stamp Dutch Museum of Lithography
  • Paper: 200 gram Cordenons Modigliani wood- and chlorine free art print paper
  • Printing ink: Senefelder Lithographic printing ink from 100% linseed oil with natural pigment and the highest possible lightfastness WS 8.
  • Printing press: High-speed printing press “Komet” No. 10266. Built in 1926 by the German Machinefabriek Johannesberg in Geisenheim a/Rhein. Max. print size 70 x 100cm. Weight: 7200 kg.


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