The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, June 26, 2016

George IV's Tastes in Dutch Art on Show in Edinburgh, Scotland
Jacob van Ruisdael (c. 1628/9- 1682), "Evening Landscape: A Windmill by a Stream", 1650s. Royal Collection. ©2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
EDINBURGH (REUTERS).- The French Revolution of 1789 and the Napoleonic wars opened up a massive European art market, and some of the British royal purchases of the time are featured in a new exhibition of Dutch landscape and marine paintings in Edinburgh.

The exhibition of 42 works by 17th century Dutch artists from the royal collection runs at the Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse from Thursday through to January 9 2011.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, surveyor of the Queen's pictures who curated the exhibition, said 34 of the paintings were bought by the Prince Regent (subsequently King George IV) between 1809 and 1820.

"A lot of major collections of Dutch art around the world were formed around that date. The French Revolution and the invasion of Holland which followed released into the market huge quantities of fabulous works -- émigrés needing to support their émigré habit, loot sort of getting into circulation again -- so it was an incredibly good time to be buying," he told Reuters at an exhibition preview.

He said it was not surprising that the prince sought Dutch art. Traditionally, there were strong links between London and the Low Countries going back more than two centuries. Dutch painters also provided an alternative to the much more stylized works favored by the monarchies of continental Europe.

"But what surprises us still is how much he was prepared to pay for it" -- huge sums even by today's standards.

Works on display include paintings by Jan van der Heyden, Meyndert Hobbema, Jacob van Ruisdael and Adiaen van der Velde, with striking contrasts between lush interiors of a richly developed country and the harsh coastal dunes unchanged over the ages.

The maritime paintings with the clarity and detail devoted to the vessels themselves are also an outstanding feature of the display.

Shawe-Taylor said the Dutch works had had a "huge impact" on British artists at a time John Constable (1776-1837) and J.W.M. Turner (1775-1851) were at the height of their powers.

"Turner absolutely adored the Dutch artists, particularly the marine painters. He saw a painting by (Willem) van de Velde late in his life and said, "Ah, that made me a painter, gave me the inspiration."

The current show also complements an exhibition on the Masters of Flanders, from Breughel to Rubens, at the gallery in 2007.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

Edinburgh | Dutch Art | Jan van der Heyden | Meyndert Hobbema | Jacob van Ruisdael |

Today's News

April 30, 2010

Shanghai Opens Multi-Billion-Dollar Expo with Dazzling Display of Fireworks

Sotheby's to Sell John Lennon's Handwritten Lyrics for A Day In The Life

Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda and Art at the British Library

Exhibition in Venice Examines the Evolution of Utopian Ideas

Breathtaking Chihuly Exhibition Among Meijer Gardens' Largest

Michael Darling is Named New Chief Curator of MCA Chicago

New Work from Greg Smith on View at Susan Inglett Gallery

George IV's Tastes in Dutch Art on Show in Edinburgh, Scotland

Sampson and Horne's Legacy Makes Over 1 Million Pounds at Bonhams

Landscapes by Liebermann, Corinth, and Slevogt at Wallraf-Richartz Museum

Vinyl Factory Releases Exclusive Art Edition by Grace Jones & Chris Levine

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Announces Portrait, Sculpture

New, Six-Part Series by Andreas Gursky at Sprüth Magers in Berlin

Group Exhibition Curated by Gao Minglu Opens at Contrasts Gallery

Denise Grünstein Exhibits Four Series of Photographs at Kiasma

New Photography Exhibit at BYU Presents Sly Examination of Suburban Life in 1970s America

Anna Artaker Continues Her Work on Death Masks at the Secession

Pictures, Objects, Concepts from the Collection of Herman and Nicole Daled at Haus der Kunst

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Opens Multimedia Retrospective of Jazz Musician Miles Davis

National Archives Opens Groundbreaking Civil War Exhibition

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published

2.- Portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge from British Vogue centenary issue acquired by National Portrait Gallery

3.- Foam presents spectacular exhibition of work by Helmut Newton

4.- After 30 years "hidden in plain sight," still life painting is identified as a Gauguin; artwork is highlight of sale

5.- Smithsonian releases Learning Lab for everyone to use museum resources

6.- Angst and deep pockets show state of art market in 47th edition of Art Basel

7.- Christo exhibition falls victim to own success

8.- Sotheby's London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale totals $151.9 million

9.- The National Gallery explores great paintings from a unique perspective

10.- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum explores Caravaggio and the painters of the north

Related Stories

Robert Wilson, Co-Founder of Jupiter Artland, Becomes Chair of Edinburgh Art Festival

Inverleith House Opens First Museum Exhibition in the UK Devoted to the Artist Joan Mitchell

Artist Robert Therrien Donates Two Sculptures to Artist Rooms Collection

7th Annual Edinburgh Art Festival Programme Unveiled

The Sketchbooks of Sir Nicholas Grimshaw on View at Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College of Art Reveals Mystery Behind Cast of an Unknown Criminal

The Edinburgh Art Festival Unveils 2009 Art Late Program

Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop's Annual Festival Exhibition Opens Today

Edinburgh College of Art to Open its Postgraduate Degree Show 2009

Exhibition of Paintings, Paper Reliefs and Photographs by Janet Boulton to Open at Edinburgh College of Art

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful