Masters of the Everyday : Dutch artists in the Age of Vermeer
Twenty-seven of the finest 17th and 18th century Dutch paintings in the Royal Collection were brought together in this exhibition. Included were works by many of the finest artists of the day, among them Johannes Vermeer, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch and Jan Steen.
The tour (jointly with Neerlandia) took place on a Tuesday in January.
The Amazing World of M.C. Esher
M.C. Escher’s work is as instantly recognisable as Salvador Dalí’s, but almost unknown outside the Netherlands. He never became affiliated to any group, rarely travelled far from his modest home in the Dutch town of Baarn, and focussed exclusively on graphic art. In essence a one-man art movement he created many famous and popular images.
Dulwich Picture Gallery, on a Saturday in October in the afternoon, preceded by lunch.
Wallace Collection : The Great Gallery One of the finest collections of Old Master paintings in the world reopened after a two year refurbishment. The curator of the Old Masters paintings, Dr. Lucy Davis, guided our tour through the new gallery, offering special insights into how the great masters of this remarkable collection were influenced. The tour took place on a Wednesday at 11am.
“Rembrandt : The Late Works” a private introduction and tour of the exhibition at the Sainsbury Gallery, combined with a reception, on a Friday evening at the end of October.
“Vermeer’s Women: Secrets and Silence” : a private introduction and tour of the exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, followed by a City and College Tour in the afternoon. On a Saturday in October.
Dutch Landscape Exhibition at the Queens Gallery – an exclusive talk, followed by a self-guided tour of the exhibition. At 11 am.
“The Real Van Gogh: the Artist and his Letters”. An Introduction and evening private viewing to this Extraordinary exhibition, which brought together some of over 800 letters together with the paintings to which the writers refer. This viewing gave a new insight in Van Gogh’s person. Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly. This members only event was greatly oversubscribed – our gratitude is due to the member who bore the cost of entry, reception, and introduction.
“Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting”, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. It is said that much of the greatest art is produced during periods of strife. In the mid-16th century, the Netherlands – the United Provinces in the north (modern Holland) and the Spanish-ruled south (modern Belgium) – was the most sophisticated society in Europe, but its learning and luxury industries were all but annihilated by the so-called Dutch Revolt (against Spanish rule) and the Eighty Years War that followed (1568-1648). The Anglo-Netherlands Society organised a group visit, with an excellent introduction and very knowledgeable guides, on a Wednesday morning.
de Bray Exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Members enjoyed a fantastic reception, an informative introduction by director Ian Dejardin, and an unparallelled opportunity to view the works in relative quiet. The Society thanks the member who sponsored this occasion.
“Turmoil and Tranquility: the sea through the eyes of Dutch and Flemish masters 1550-1700” Private viewing of the exhibition in the Queens House at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. We were fortunate that Dr Pieter van der Merwe gave an introductory talk. Event organised in co-operation with the Royal Netherlands Embassy.
“Dutch Portraits: The Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals”. We met from 5.30 pm for drinks (alcoholic or not) at the cash bar, attend lecture at 6.30pm on: “Seventeenth-century Dutch Portraiture : What does Clothing tell us?” by Dr Emilie Gordenker, Senior Curator, Early Netherlandish, Dutch and Flemish Art, at the National Gallery of Scotland. She lectured and published extensively on her speciality, 17th-century dress and Anthony van Dyck. Timed entry tickets for 7.30 pm made this effectively a private view.
“Uylenburgh & Co : Dealing in Masterpieces”. Private Viewing on a Thursday evening, comprising Garden Reception, Introductory Talks by the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s director, Ian Dejardin, and by the Netherlands Ambassador, Count Jan de Marchant et d’Ansembourg. An opportunity to view the exhibition and all other galleries at leisure, or enjoy the company and ‘drinks & canapees’ in the central galleries.
Jacob van Ruysdael Exhibition – Evening Reception and Private Viewing at the Royal Academy. On a Wednesday evening.
“Enchanting the eye” Private evening viewing of paintings by Dutch masters in Her Majesty the Queen’s collection. Organised with the Anglo-Belgian Society.
“Madame de Pompadour”, private evening viewing at the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, organised in cooperation with the Franco-British Society.
“Inspired by Italy”, Dutch Landscape Painting 1600 – 1700”, an evening Reception and Private Viewing together with the British-Italian Society.
“Aelbert Cuyp”, Evening Reception and Private Viewing, in cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery.
“Rembrandts Women” : private lecture and evening visit, Royal Academy.