The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation maintains and continues to develop a collection of early modern European art in dedicated galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In acquiring works, the foundation trustees gave special attention to creating comprehensive collections that reveal the breadth of subject matter and style in a given region or school of painting. The Netherlandish, Dutch, and Flemish collection comprises more than fifty Old Master paintings—including works by Pieter Claeissens I, Joachim Wtewael, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Louis Finson, Dirck van Baburen, Balthasar van der Ast, Osias Beert, Adriaen van Ostade, Aelbert Cuyp, Willem van Aelst, and Aert de Gelder—approximately 175 works on paper, and a few decorative art pieces. One of the Blaffer Foundation’s galleries is a cabinet of curiosity, with three-dimensional objects (both artificialia and naturalia), prints, and illustrated books, installed with densely hung paintings.
James Clifton, Director (February 2020)