The Osnabrück district president Gustav Stüve (1833-1911) bequeathed the city of Osnabrück a valuable collection of paintings with works ranging from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Previously, as chair of the museum association (1899-1909) he had already determined the fate of the “Kulturgeschichtliches Museum”, and with this bequest, he left behind a cultural-political testament which laid the foundation of today’s Museumquartier as a significant museum of art. The origins of his collection, which encompassed around 70 works, go back to the early eighteenth century. It was already in the eighteenth and nineteenth century that the art collection of the Stüve family became internationally known and that it was an attraction in Osnabrück. The collection “Gustav-Stüve” includes mostly paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters, like Gerard ter Borch, Jan Both, Jan Breughel the Elder, Joos de Momper the Younger, Dirck de Quade van Ravesteyn, Roelant Savery, Lucas van Valckenborch, Jan Vermeer van Haarlem the Elder and others.
Dr. Thorsten Heese, curator (May 2020)
“Gegenstand meiner besonderen Vorlieben” : die Gemälde der “Sammlung Gustav Stüve” im Kulturgeschichtlichen Museum Osnabrück
Heese, Thorsten and Berger, Eva (contr.)