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Dutch Spring: A Cabinet of the Most Delightful Drawings

1 February - 19 May 2019

Dutch Spring: A Cabinet of the Most Delightful Drawings

Exhibition: 1 February - 19 May 2019

During the 18th century, collecting drawings and print became widely popular in the Northern Netherlands. In the exhibition A Cabinet of the Most Delightful Drawings, 80 works on paper from the collections of the RMFAB show the fascinating diversity in subject and technique which characterizes Dutch drawing at that time.

The exhibited drawings were part of the collection of Jean de Grez, a Dutchman who moved from Breda to Brussels. In 1911 his widow donated the works to the Belgian State. The collection, which was founded by Arnoldus Josephus Ingen Housz at the end of the 18th century, comprises a total of 4250 drawings from the 16th to the 19th century. Some 3600 works belong to the Dutch School.

Dutch Spring

Simultaniously with the opening of the permanent “Dutch School” collection, and on the occasion of the Rembrandt year, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium present two temporary exhibitions to further highlight the Dutch artistic talent. (Re)discover the master-painters of the Golden Age, the family portraits painted by Frans Hals, and a cabinet with delightful 18th-century drawings!

The exhibition will be on view at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede from 1 March until 28 Juin 2020 and afterwards at the Fondation Custodia. Collection Frits Lugt in Paris from 23 January until 18 April 2021. For more information see the museum website.

Aert Schouman (1710-1792), Water View with Birds, ca. 1760-1765 Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels