Dutch Art

Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age

December 2, 2017
The star attraction: Vermeer's 'Woman reading a letter' (c.1663)

“There is one work by Vermeer, the undoubted superstar, and six by Rembrandt, including two from the NGV’s permanent collection. Three portraits by Frans Hals give some indication of this artist’s remarkable flair and dash. After that, it is a pot-pourri of genres and tendencies…” No, I’m not writing about Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden … More


Intensely Dutch

July 18, 2009
Karel Appel, Ontmoeting (Encounter), 1951, oil on canvas, 130 x 97.5 cm.

All curators at major institutions know that the witty, allusive, poetic titles they dream up for exhibitions will probably have to give way to something banal but comprehensible. What a clever title New Worlds From Old was – but nobody seemed to realise it referred to a show of Australian and American paintings from the … More