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Latest exhibition and sale
10 June 2017 – 24 September 2017
Rembrandt van Rijn founded the most influential Academy that ever existed in the Dutch Republic (1581-1795), training dozens of painters to work in the “Rembrandtesque” manner. His characteristic style became famous throughout the whole of Europe. Rembrandt’s artistic personality was breathtaking, and it is not possible to imagine Dutch art without him.
Upon becoming a leading painter of his day, Rembrandt attracted students from all over, everyone bewildered by his brilliance. Rembrandt formed his Academy wishing to use the help of his students to produce the large output of paintings and etchings required to make his name in the world. Many of his students were so advanced that they were working as paid painters in the studio and actively collaborated on Rembrandt’s commissions, painting backgrounds, drapery and costumes.
Many of his pupils went on to create a name for themselves, often following painting trends of the day and building on what they had learned from their teacher. This exhibition brings together sixteen works by those students created during the Dutch Golden Age of Painting.
Hunting, Game & Painting in the Golden Age
1 November 2015 – 31 March 2016
Hunting, Game and Painting in the Dutch Golden Age was the first exhibition on the theme of hunting in Dutch Golden Age painting. Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder art gallery presented fifty masterpieces. A selection can be found on the website.
Thrilling lifesize hunting scenes show what a hunt was like in the Golden Age. Particular attention is paid here to details that reveal how people from different social classes hunted as part of their day-to-day life. See for instance a hunting party with elegantly dressed aristocrats on horseback, chasing through woods and country estates in a painting by Abraham Govaerts. Enjoy the beauty of colourful still lifes in which prize game is displayed surrounded by luscious ripe fruit. Shiny pelts and fabulous feathers are depicted in meticulously lifelike fashion by masters such as Jan Fijt (see Monthly Masterpiece June 2015), Melchior d’Hondecoeter, Abraham Hondius and Jan Weenix.
Many of the paintings are privately owned. These have rarely appeared in public, indeed some have never been shown. Here, for the first time they are presented and offered for sale. Also shown in this exhibition are two items on loan from Hague Historical Museum in which Gerrit Berckheyde offers a unique view of The Hague and hunting in the seventeenth century. The various art work provides a superb survey of how people hunted in the period.
Connoisseurship: Bredius, Jan Steen and the Mauritshuis,
June 2014 – January 2015
From 27 June to 8 January, the Museum Bredius hosts an exhibition of paintings by Jan Steen. The heart of the show consists of nine works collected by Abraham Bredius (1855-1946; Mauritshuis director 1889-1909), together with eleven paintings from public and private collections.
Elizabeth & Frederik
400 years marriage of the Winter Queen and Winter King
February 2013 – May 2013
400 years ago, on Valentine’s Day 1613, Elizabeth Stuart, Princess Royal, married Prince Frederick V, Elector Palatine. They were both sixteen and had no idea of the impact their alliance would have on the course of European history. They were chosen to rule over Bohemia, but were forced to flee Prague after reigning for just one winter. Known henceforth as the Winter King and Queen they spent the rest of their lives in Holland. They were the first royal couple to reside in The Hague and enhanced the courtly culture that had begun to flourish under Frederik Hendrik, Prince of Orange, and his wife Amalia van Solms.
The exhibition features the first showing of
- Princess Sophia’s Portraits. Daughter of the Winter King, mother of George I of England, Sophia commissioned a series of portraits of her family, Having spent 350 years in the private collection of the Princes of Hanover, they can be shown now in full – restored – splendour, for the first time.
- Portrait miniatures from the private collection of King Charles I – brother of the Winter Queen.
- Personal letters of the Winter Queen, deciphered and described.
- A Dutch Design impression of Queen Elizabeth’s boudoir.
- Contemporary lace accompanied by lace from seventeenth-century portraits.
- Historical objects, such as Prince Rupert’s drops, coins and medals.
- Paintings, prints and Dutch Design objects from private collections.
The Silver Age
November 2011 – January 2012
To mark the tercentenary of the birth of hereditary stadholder Willem IV, Prince of Orange, in 2011 Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder organised an exhibition on 18th-century painting and the history of the House of Orange. The exhibition offered an insight into the culture of the 18th century by surveying the differences and similarities with the famous Golden Age. In addition to paintings from both centuries displayed side by side, the show also compared furniture, ornaments and styles from the Silver Age with that of the Golden Age. Portraits of all the stadholders, from William the Silent to Willem Batavus, provided a visual history of the Orange family.
The Hague Baroque Orchestra
Composers were a feature of the courts of both Willem IV and Willem V. Symphonies commissioned by the Oranges have recently been rediscovered and recorded on a cd by Simon Murphy and his Hague Baroque orchestra, New Dutch Academy. Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder sponsored the cd.
6 – 7 March 2010
Open House: Conoisseurship
Without experience it can be hard to tell the difference between a good painting and a bad one. Connoisseurship enables an art lover to better appreciate a painting. An Open House at Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder offered visitors the opportunity to develop their connoisseurship. A selection of 50 museum quality Old Master paintings were on display at Lange Vijverberg 15. Special texts beside each work revealed the artist’s secrets and trained the connoisseur’s eye. All the genres were represented: marines, portraits, still lifes, genre pieces, landscapes and city views. The paintings were for sale with prices varying from € 20,000 to over a million.
2007: 25 Portraits of museum quality & 25 other Old Master paintings from € 25,000 to 125,000
Alongside the magnificent portrait exhibition at the Mauritshuis, Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder presented a selection of portraits reflecting the diversity of styles in the Golden Age. We brought together 25 magnificent portraits in the rare price category of € 25,000 to € 125,000. At the same time we presented 25 other paintings ranging from marines, still lifes, winter and summer landscapes, genre pieces and city views. In the 17th century, a profusion of talented portrait artists worked for a wide array of patrons: from princes to artisans, from directors to country folk, from proud parents to elegant gentlewomen. In short, an abundance of diversity to feast the eye.
It is increasingly difficult to find paintings in excellent condition and of high artistic quality in the € 25,000 to € 125,000 category. We were therefore extremely delighted to be able to offer these 50 Old Masters.
2007: 50 Old Masters from the Golden Age. Museum quality paintings from € 20,000 to € 120,000
Old Masters from the 17th century represent art from a time when the Netherlands was still in its infancy. It was a period of unprecedented wealth and cultural development in which the finest works ever painted in this country were made. Never has their aesthetic quality been matched. Museums and private individuals are continually extending their collections, and new enthusiasts are constantly emerging. As a result, paintings of the Golden Age are becoming increasingly rare. Good paintings in the € 20,000 to € 120,000 price range are therefore hard to find.
2006: Christmas and the Golden Age
Christmas time at Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder! And 17th-century art is full of Christmas cheer: shepherds and wise men welcoming the Christ child, glistening newly-fallen snow, Christmas as a family festival with still lifes and floral garlands. The exhibition featured paintings ranging in price from 5 20,000 to € 1,000,000.
2006: 50 Paintings of museum quality
from € 20,000 to € 50,000
It is well known that a Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen can fetch millions, even tens of millions. But did you know that contemporaries of theirs can be bought for € 20,000 to € 50,000?
2005: Majestic Marines
This exhibition featured seascapes by Ludolf Backhuyzen and his Amsterdam contemporaries. An accompanying issue of Hoogsteder Journal was also available.
2004: A World of Difference
Information about this exhibition appeared in several articles in Hoogsteder Journal no. 10.
2002: High Spirits
For centuries water was so polluted that it formed a health hazard. In large cities, canals were open sewers and industrial and craft producers used them to dump their waste. Only wells, clean rivers and rain provided reliable drinking water. In the towns the population depended on light alcoholic beverages that were clean, durable and affordable.
More information about this exhibition appeared in several articles in Hoogsteder Journal no. 9.
2001: In the Footsteps of Abraham Bredius
Abraham Bredius (1855-1946) was born a man of means and was able to devote himself to the pleasure of collecting paintings and discovering art. But more importantly he proved to be a collector of passion and tenacity. He travelled far and wide to unearth Dutch art, relying on his taste and innate discernment. He spent many hours going through previously unexplored damp and draughty archives and he set the tone for the historiography of Dutch art.
Information about this exhibition appeared in several articles in Hoogsteder Journal no.8.
1998: The Hague’s Painters of the Golden Age
To mark the publication of The Hague’s Painters of the Golden Age, the Hague Historical Museum hosted an eponymous exhibition.
It is remarkable that until now so little attention was paid to seventeenth-century painting in The Hague. In the Golden Age many famous artists lived and worked here, among them Jan van Goyen, Abraham van Beyeren, Gerard van Honthorst and Adriaen van de Venne. However, most of these painters were not actually born in The Hague, but only settled in the town after having made their name elsewhere. The lucrative market for paintings certainly played a crucial role here. As a result, The Hague grew to become a key location for prominent painters.
1999: Portraits from Rembrandt’s World
Between 4 October and 17 December 1999, Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder hosted a unique exhibition and sale of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish portraits entitled Portraits from Rembrandt’s World. The exhibition highlighted the development of Dutch portraiture and the prominent role played by Rembrandt and his pupils. In Portraits from Rembrandt’s World Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder revealed how thrilling portraits can be. Sitters may be portrayed in superbly painted landscapes or accompanied by beautifully painted accessories. Often, these form splendid miniature still lifes: a fruit bowl or books arranged on a table. The rendering of materials in the jewellery and the richly ornamented garments are a feast for the eye. From an artistic point of view, there is also plenty to enjoy in a portrait. Composition, use of colour and light, the application of paint, are aspects that come to the fore in portraiture. Many portraits are masterly artistic gems.
1997: The Beauty of Old Master Paintings
John and Willem Jan Hoogsteder provided their personal vision of the pictorial qualities of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century paintings in a show of 50 Old Masters that ran from 12 May to 1 June 1997. John and Willem Jan Hoogsteder understand that what fascinates art lovers is often the subject of a painting rather than its artistic quality. Yet in the majority of the cases, the subject is little more than a pretext for the artist to paint. Seventeenth-century still life painters would hardly have found objects such as a ham or a plate of cheese attractive in themselves; it would have been the way the light caught them, the arrangement, and the pleasing combination of colours, as well as the crumbling texture of the cheese and the smooth surface of the ham that they found intriguing. Looking at the world in this way makes even the most mundane objects worth painting. The Hoogsteder guide on how to assess the artistic quality of an Old Master painting is featured in the Hoogsteder Journal.
1996: Affordable Paintings from the Age of Johannes Vermeer
To coincide with the Mauritshuis Vermeer show, Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder presented an exhibition of Dutch and Flemish paintings of the seventeenth century. They based the show, which ran from 5 March to 31 May 1996, on the theme of affordable paintings from the Age of Johannes Vermeer. Unlike Vermeer’s paintings, which are valued at tens of millions of guilders, the paintings presented by the Hoogsteders fell within the Fl. 25,000 to Fl. 250,000 range. With this exhibition Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder showed that it is still possible to collect Old Masters from the Dutch Golden Age. In the accompanying issue of Hoogsteder Journal, Hoogsteder showed how the price of an Old Master painting depends on six criteria.
1994: Music and Painting in the Golden Age
Although more than one in every ten 17th-century paintings features subjects associated with music or musical instruments, no one has ever explored the relationship between the two fascinating subjects of music and painting. Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder focused on this topic from 11 May to 10 July 1994 with an exhibition of 50 old master paintings, an extensive 400-page catalogue written by eighteen experts in the field, a cd specially produced for the exhibition on Phillips Classics Label and a unique cd-rom. The cd can be sampled elsewhere on this site. Later the same year the exhibition travelled to the Hessenhuis Museum in Antwerp.
1992: Rembrandt’s Academy
This show ran from 4 February to 2 May 1992, parallel with the major Rembrandt exhibition in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The idea that Rembrandt had an academy was conceived by Paul Huys Janssen, author of the catalogue. The Rijksmuseum invited him to illustrate this concept at a symposium to coincide with the exhibition. Prof. Sumowski, co-author of the catalogue, helped to realise the show. He is the leading expert on pupils of Rembrandt and has published a six-volume lexicon on the subject.
1991: Dutch Landscapes
Dutch Landscapes ran from 12 March to 12 May 1992 and featured 50 paintings from private collections. These illustrated many different facets of 17th-century landscape painting in Holland. A major survey of Dutch landscape painting was organised in late 1987 at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, subsequently appearing in Boston and Philadelphia. Peter Sutton assembled this exhibition and authored the comprehensive catalogue entitled Masters of 17th-Century Dutch Landscape Painting. He also wrote the introduction to our catalogue and an article on the history of landscape collecting.