SAN DIEGO, CA.-
On view at The San Diego Museum of Art
December 5, 2009 through March 7, 2010, From "Rembrandts Studio: The Prints of Ferdinand Bol" will focus on printmaking in Rembrandts Holland and document the efforts of the Dutch painter and printmaker Ferdinand Bol to arrive at his own style while working with Rembrandt, the greatest artist of his time.
"From Rembrandts Studio: The Prints of Ferdinand Bol" is part of a joint effort with the J. Paul Getty Museum, among other museums in Southern California, to examine Rembrandts influence and work.
The exhibition brings together works from the permanent collection at The San Diego Museum of Art, a major group of loans from the collection of George C. Kenney II and Olga Kitsakos-Kenney, and additional loans from other California collections. Together, these constitute one of the worlds most complete sets of Bols etchings.
Impressions of nearly all of Bols etchings will be juxtaposed in the exhibition with examples of Rembrandts own graphic work of similar subjects. This exhibition is one of the first dedicated to Bol, the important but relatively little-known artist who worked alongside Rembrandt from the mid-1630s to 1642.
Even after setting up a practice of his own, Bol remained one of Rembrandts most devoted and talented followers, and many of Bols works have long been mistaken for those of Rembrandt himself, said John Marciari, curator of European art at The San Diego Museum of Art. Because of the unique interplay between student and mentor, Museum visitors should leave the exhibition not only with an appreciation for Bol, but also with a clearer sense of what makes a Rembrandt print a Rembrandt.
The San Diego Museum of Arts exhibition is timed to coincide with "Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference", a major exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles December 8, 2009 through February 28, 2010. The exhibition, focusing on the artistic relationships between Rembrandt and his followers, will also provide the opportunity to study drawings by Rembrandt and Bol side-by-side.
Within San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art joins forces with the Timken Museum of Art to present a strong combined showing of Rembrandt and Bol in Balboa Park.
Other related exhibitions on Rembrandt and his circle will be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.