Guests from the Netherlands

15.07.2018 - 30.09.2018

Kunstmühle Schwaan
Mühlenstraße 12, 18258 Schwaan


For the large summer exhibition, the Kunstmuseum has invited special guests in 2018 as well. The Marie Tak van Poortvliet Museum in Domburg presents itself with special collection pieces from the Dutch artists' colony.


A replica of the old building is a haven of peace somewhat hidden in the center of the seaside resort and houses since 1994 the Marie Tak van Poortvliet Museum Domburg. The museum twice a year organizes very successful exhibitions around the participants of the old exhibitions and around other noteworthy artists' colonies that existed at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. There are also exhibitions with contemporary artists who have a connection with Zeeland.


In the second half of the 19th century, the period of artists' colonies, the Netherlands could already look back on a rich tradition of landscape art: as early as the 17th century, atmospheric and realistic images of nature dominated the art of the northern Netherlands. So it is not surprising that in Holland the achievements of French plein-airism, which had been revealed in the Barbizon school, fell on extremely fertile ground. It created here particularly many artists colonies, which remained effective even in the days of Expressionism.


Oosterbeek near Arnhem was "the Dutch Barbizon", a pioneer of the Hague School with its charming landscape pieces, followed in the mid-1870s Laren and Domburg. Laren became well-known in addition to the landscape painting with interior art. In Domburg, it was the unsophisticated beauty of the surroundings, the special, almost transparent light along the coast and the characteristic island population that had the greatest influence on the painters and brought about a development from tradition to modernity.

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