“Romanticism in the North: From Friedrich to Turner” is the Groninger Museum’s current exhibition. Visitors can admire over ninety romantic works till the 6th of May 2018. All works date from about 1800 to 1850 and either show northern scenes or were created by northern artists.
The Noordbrabants Museum at Den Bosch, the Netherlands, recently bought a van Gogh painting at a New York auction. In December 2017, its newly acquired “Watermill at Coll” was shown to an eager museum public for the first time. The painting will become part of a permanent exhibition at this Dutch museum.
The current temp exhibition “Jongkind and friends” at the Dordrecht Museum shows Jongkind’s importance for painters like Monet. The exhibition shows how Monet’s style changed under Jongkind’s influence and slowly evolves into a loose, impressionistic one.
So no better news than to read a lost Monet painting depicting the effect of fog has been found and will be part of an exhibition.
Of the three current temp exhibitions on Dutch 20th century artists working and living in France, this is my favourite one! You need not have visited the other two, to fall in love with the wonderful art on show here. “Jongkind and friends”, at Dordrecht’s main museum, can be visited on its own.
It is not necessary to visit the van Gogh Museum’s temporary exhibition to appreciate a much smaller one in The Hague. At the Mesdag Collection, the exhibition covers just three rooms. It focuses on a few Dutch and French artists working in and near Barbizon.
Open the door and enter. It is dark, but you can distinguish a black veil. It moves softly in the draft, as the door shuts behind you.
On the veil in front of you, there is a slowly sequence of photos. They date from the late 19th to early 20th century. A girl’s face slowly matures into that of a woman. The woman was famous – and framed. Continue reading →