17th century

Adriaen van de Velde:  Dutch Master of Landscape

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam,
24 June – 18 September 2016 and
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London,
12 October 2016 – 15 January 2017

Adriaen van de Velde: Dutch Master of Landscape

JUNE 2016 (USA July 2016): Hardback, 280 x 245 mm, 224 pages, 250 colour illus.
PRICE: £35.00
ISBN: 978 1 907372 96 4


Bart Cornelis with Marijn Schaplehouman

**** "Immaculate catalogue … underpinned by careful, solid scholarship, which, thankfully, never feels dusty or abstruse. Rather than stifling or confining Van de Velde’s accomplished paintings, this clever, loving exhibition makes their glow that much more intense." Daily Telegraph 

**** "If any totally obscure Dutch landscape artist deserves a whole show dedicated to them, it’s him." —Time Out 

**** "Adriaen was far more than a figure painter: his landscapes were hugely varied and accomplished. How sensitive he was to light in the peculiar Dutch landscape, all open sky and shadowed land." —Evening Standard 

"The excellent catalogue succeeds in casting new light on the career and work of a somewhat forgotten master … this well-researched publication is a fitting record of a landmark exhibition." —The Burlington

"You may not have heard of Van de Velde ... but you need to see his work. One art historian compared Van de Velde’s work to Mozart’s chamber music … not to be missed." Evening Standard 

"In the 18th century van de Velde's works were more sought after than Rembrandt's. The breezy beach scenes and bucolic visions of Dutch Arcadians in this exhibition demonstrate why." —The Spectator 

"The foremost landscape painter of his generation … excellent catalogue." Country Life

"Intriguing paintings and magnificent drawings … a charming re-evaluation." —The Arts Desk

"Invested with a sparkle that puts Ter Borch in the shade." —World of Interiors 

Accompanying the first ever exhibition devoted to the Dutch painter and draughtsman Adriaen van de Velde (1636–1672), this is also the first monograph on the artist – one of the finest of the Dutch Golden Age. The Art Newspaper billed the exhibition as one of their top picks of 2016 and it has been nominated for a 2016 Global Fine Art Award.

The landscapes of Adriaen van de Velde are among the very best that the Dutch Golden Age produced, showing great variety and superb draughtsmanship, depicting meadows, Italianate views, beaches, dunes, forests, winter scenes, and portraits in landscape settings. Delicate and carefully composed, his paintings demonstrate his mastery of lighting effects as well as the human figure. The short-lived artist’s work was greatly appreciated in the 18th and 19th centuries, highly sought after by collectors in Germany, France and England. Despite that fame and the exquisite quality of Adriaen van de Velde’s output, however, there has never been an exhibition or monograph devoted to the artist – until now. This substanial and richly illustrated catalogue – which accompanies a major exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London – will be the definitive reference on the artist, examining his life and work, working methods, pupils and followers, collaborations and legacy.

As well as bringing together 60 of Van de Velde’s masterpieces shown in the exhibition, this publication surveys and illustrates over 150 of his other works, including a large number of drawings, which are widely considered to be a high point in 17th-century Dutch draughtsmanship. The artist made figure and animal studies in seductive red chalk and compositional studies in pen and ink in preparation for his paintings, making it possible to follow very precisely the various phases in his creative process – perhaps more so than is possible for any other Dutch artist of the period. For this reason, and because of their exceptional quality, drawings form a major part of the exhibition that this catalogue accompanies, with some of them reunited for the first time with the paintings for which they were studies. The publication therefore offers not only a survey of the artist’s oeuvre but also a rare glimpse of a 17th-century Dutch landscape painter at work, from conception to completion.

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