Pannekoek considers himself self-taught. His work stands alone in Dutch printmaking, and is regarded as both singular and highly accessible. Pannekoek learned etching from Jan Coenraad Nachenius (1890 - 1987) in Garderen and studied at the school of applied art in Amsterdam for about a year. Pannekoek looked upon the American abstract expressionist painter Alan Schmer (b. 1935) as his true teacher. Anton Heyboer (1924 - 2005) also influenced Pannekoek in his early years, particularly in the depiction of lines that run through the focal plane and through ‘those wonderful streaks in the ink’.
The drypoint prints by the Meester van het Amsterdamse Kabinet
(c. 1470 - 1500) and the etchings of Hercules Segers (1589/90 - after 1633), whose original work Pannekoek studied in the Rijksprentenkabinet in Amsterdam, were also important examples for him. Segers’s influence can be seen in the earliest group of landscapes and marines from the early nineteen-sixties, with subtly granular shadow passages in aquatint.
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