Angry Lines

Pictured below is a special edition of De Groene Amsterdammer, designed by Jan van Keulen and signed by artist Leen (LJ) Jordaan.

De Groene Amsterdammer was founded in 1877 and is one of the oldest Dutch news magazines still in existence. In its early days green ink was used, later causing the word groene (green) to be added to the name: De Groene Amsterdammer. During the German occupation between 1940 and 1945 the magazine temporarily ceased publication but came back swinging and jabbing with these images by anti-Nazi artist Jordaan, who looks back at the occupation in thirty lithographic cartoons.


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    The book was published in early 1945 as a fundraiser for De Groene, which was shuttered by the Nazi’s for the entire war, with the proceeds helping to get De Groene back on the newsstands.

    Jordaan’s house was actually on the same street as Gestapo Headquarters and given Jordaan’s pre-war work, he was closely watched by the Nazi’s. Nevertheless, he was able to do a number of these drawings while under occupation, which if he was caught with them meant certain death.

    The originals for the entire book are housed in the Atlas Van Stolk in Rotterdam, there are even a few drawings that did not make it into the book at the archive.