Rijksmuseum opens new paintings of the Dutch master of the Golden Age Automatic translate
AMSTERDAM. Until recently, there were only twelve paintings by the artist of the seventeenth century Hercules Segers (Hercules Segers, 1589 / 90-1633 / 40). Thanks to a large-scale study by a team of specialists from the Rijksmuseum, this list has been enlarged immediately into six canvases, four of which were previously virtually unknown. With regard to the latest picture, authenticity was established only last week.
All the «new» paintings are in private collections and will be presented at the exhibition of the artist together with a hundred and ten of his engravings. The exhibition will take place in the Rijksmuseum from October 7 to January 8, 2017 and will be the most complete retrospective of Segers for all time. After Amsterdam, the exposition will move to the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Art historians do not know much about Segers’ work. Since the middle of the last century, only twelve of his paintings are known. Thanks to exhaustive artistic and historical research, analysis of materials and techniques of painting, the Rijksmuseum team added four new paintings and two oil sketches to the already known. Three paintings, «Woodland Path», «Panoramic Landscape with a City on the River» and «Panoramic Landscape with Two Towers», privately owned, specialists saw for the first time. «The Mountain Landscape» from Hovinhem Hall in England was last shown to the public almost fifty years ago.
Along with these four works of Segers, two other paintings from private collections, whose authorship has long been in question, can now be undoubtedly attributed to the list of his works. This is a «River landscape with two figures» and «River landscape with a mill.» In addition, authorship is established with respect to two engravings.
Taco Dibbits, general manager of the Rijksmuseum, says: «It is very rare to add so many new paintings by one artist at a time, especially with such a small creative legacy. It’s really wonderful that we can show so many unknown works of the most, perhaps, innovative artist of the Golden Age at the exhibition. «
Hercules Segers was an artist whose contribution to the development of art can be compared with the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt van Rijn. He sought to understand and reproduce the essence of natural phenomena and the surrounding world. On his canvases, he combined scenes from «life» and imaginary circumstances, for example, as he did, placing his own house in Amsterdam in the center of a mountain valley. Scientists have no reason to believe that Seghers ever traveled outside his hometown and actually saw the mountains.
A great admirer of Segers’s work was Rembrandt, who bought out eight paintings of the artist. He also purchased Sereg’s picket plate, replacing some of the numbers on it and leaving the depicted landscape untouched. Remarkable color etchings of Segers remained very popular among collectors and artists until the beginning of the twentieth century. Thus, it is Hercules Segers who can be considered the forerunner of modern graphic art and contemporary art in general.
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