“The drawings give us an insight into the mind of the artist. They are often rapidly sketched and show everyday subjects – a landscape, a playing child. Drawings have a directness that transcends all times, much more so than well thought-out paintings. You will only get a really good impression of the artist when you combine their drawings and paintings.”
– Friso Lammertse, curator of old master paintings and sculptures at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Searching for the light
Guest curator Friso Lammertse has connected artists right throughout the centuries and arranged them into groups. Sometimes this connection originates from an arthistorical perspective, but more often the starting point is the artists’ approach to their work. This leads to some extraordinary combinations. Cuyp and Knip, for instance, who were both searching for the Italian light, or the unadorned portrayal of people by Rembrandt and Breitner. The eventful, short lives of Van Gogh and Basquiat, and their huge importance to art history. The ‘unbearable weight of being’ in the works of Westerik and Beckmann. And Claude Lorrain, Barend C. Koekkoek, Jacoba van Heemskerck, and Camille Pissarro, who are all connected by their landscapes.
The exhibition contains many highlights and is a paradise for lovers of drawing and painting. The drawings seems to bring you closer to the artist, and are often much freer and more intimate than the paintings we know of these masters. The exhibition takes you on a journey full of surprises, from Edgar Degas’ ballet dancer and Max Beckmann’s portrait of the Lütjens family, to a drawing of a young woman that Peter Paul Rubens made towards the end of his life.
Boijmans Next Door
‘Masterly!’ is part of Boijmans Next Door, a city-wide project to keep the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen visible during its renovation. Their collection of drawings is one of the most important in the world, and is rarely shown because of its sensitivity to light. For the exhibition ‘Masterly!’, a selection of the most beautiful works on paper is taken out of the depot for a short period of time, and will subsequently be hidden away again for years.