The collected masterpieces at the Kunstmuseum Winterthur (Formerly known as the Museum Oskar Reinhart) range from the seventeenth century to the present. The old master holdings of the Dutch baroque form the historical basis for the outstanding painting and graphic collection of the Oskar Reinhart Foundation, which is known for nineteenth-century painting and graphic work by Rembrandt and his contemporaries.
Highlights of the old-master collection include paintings by Pieter Claesz., whose work is exemplary for still-life painting and the baroque concept of Vanitas. More worldly are the painters of peasant or civil genres, which are well represented with painters like Adriaen van Ostade, Rembrandt or Pieter de Hooch. Landscape painting in all its variations – seascapes, waterfalls, Italianate idylls – form a large part of the collection, with works by Pieter de Molijn, Willem van de Velde, Jacob van Ruisdael and Jan Both. In addition , history painting and portraiture by Pieter Lastman, Ferdinand Bol and Samuel van Hoogstraten are also represented.
Andrea Lutz, Curator (June 2020)