Jan Cox | the artist
Born 1910, Den Haag, Netherlands.
Died Oct 7 1980, Antwerpen, Belgium.
Original artworks, prints, exhibition posters, monographs, books, collectibles.
Founding member of the group Jeune Peinture Belge in 1945, Jan Cox came to the United States in 1950 to fulfil his dreams. He exhibited in New York at Curt Valentines gallery and then Catherine Vivianos. From 1956 onwards, after a stay in Rome he worked in Boston as Head of the Painting Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where he realized his first important painting cycle based on the myth of Orpheus. In 1974 he returned to Antwerp to dedicate himself entirely to painting and in 1975 produced his monumental painting cycle based on Homers Iliad. This series of paintings was both his catharsis of violence and disappointment he had previously experienced in Modern society and the purging of his haunting memories of the Second World War. Jan Coxs career continued with works on the subjects of Mozarts Die Zauberflöte and The Martyrdom of Christ until his death in Antwerp on 7 October 1980.