Thanks to a special partnership between the Musée Marmottan Monet and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, from 20 September 2012 to 3 February 2013, the Musée Marmottan Monet will be presenting the exhibition Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens and the others. Baroque Flemish paintings in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. The exhibition features a selection of forty-one paintings from the ‘Golden Age’ of the former Southern Netherlands, and covers all the important areas in which the artists from this region excelled: history painting, portraiture, genre painting, still life and landscapes. Some of the works are recent acquisitions; a number have never been exhibited in Paris. Among the principal pieces is Rubens’s The Miracles of St. Benedict, an unfinished painting entirely by Rubens’s hand and a fine example of his virtuosity. Also in the exhibition is Jacob Jordaens’s boisterous The King Drinks and, to remind us that he was not just a painter of boisterous scenes, his imposing Portrait of a Woman. This hangs opposite two portraits by Anthony van Dyck one of which is the great masterpiece Portrait of Father Jean Charles della Faille.
Landscapes, genre painting and still life are represented by the painters who did most to ensure their success. Foremost among them are Paul Bril, Lucas van Uden, David Teniers the Younger, Frans De Momper, Jan Fyt and Abraham Brueghel. The exhibition gives due importance, too, to painters who are less well known today but who in their time enjoyed great popularity. Cornelis Schut, Gerard de Lairesse, Jacob van Oost the Elder, Jan Siberechts, Gillis van Tilborch and David Ryckaert all belong in this category. An item of great interest is a canvas by the Brussels born painter Karel Philips Spierinck A bacchanal with two fauns looking at drunken Silenus, with putti cavorting. It is a recent acquisition of the Old Paintings section of the Royal Museums and is one of the first works to show the influence of Nicolas Poussin.
This beautiful exhibition at the Musée Marmottan Monet of some of the finest Flemish Baroque painting ensures that a far wider public can enjoy these unique masterpieces from the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Over the years the Royal Museums of Belgium have assembled an exceptional collection of paintings, one of the largest in Europe, from the regions that make up their history.
The exhibition is the first in a partnership agreement between the Musée Marmottan Monet and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. The aim is to increase the visibility of their respective collections through temporary exhibitions that highlight a particular aspect of the collection. The next
exhibition will be Claude Monet and Japonism in Brussels, then in Paris (2014 and 2015).