125 favourites Netherlandian canvases

K. van Dongen. Portrait of Augusta Pratinger, artist’s wife. Oil on canvas. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Amsterdam – On October 3, Van Gogh Museum opened the exhibition 125 favourЫtes dated to the 125th anniversary of Rembrandt Association’s welfare fund. The exposition features 125 masterpieces by more than 30 Dutch masters, both modern, and classics of the 16th–20th centuries.

Rembrandt’s Association was established in 1883 by a group of people who aimed to return the Netherlands some masterpieces by great Dutch masters which were exported abroad at different periods of time. New organization raised money and repaid national masterpieces at European auctions. Its members negotiated on restitution and a solution of a series of current issues connected with museum sphere and private collecting. The Rembrandt’s Association contributed to preservation of cultural heritage a lot as the government could not provide the protection of monuments of history and art, and museums had no financial possibilities to buy them for their collections. As a result, many masterpieces by such artists as Rembrandt, Hendrick Brugghen and Gerrit van Honthorst were sold abroad. Owing to the efforts of new organization some part of them was returned home.

In early 20th century the fund extended its scope and started to take more active part at European auctions paying a proper attention to work of not only Dutch but also European masters. Among the works listed above are painting by Francisco Goya and Matia Preti. From the middle of the century managers turned to modern art. They had been buying works by such artists as Pete Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh and Marc Chagall.

For 125 years of its history Rembrandt’s Association returned the Netherlands more than 2500 works of art including world famous masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerrit Rietveld and many other great painters. All of them were transferred to the exposition of private and state museums of the country. The best of them are represented today at the exhibition which is opened in Van Gogh Museum.

The exhibition 125 favourites will be held till January 18, 2009.

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