September 22, 2023


How Art Works

Artwork Historical past Information: Vrel, Forerunner of Vermeer

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The Mauritshuis 

16 February – 29 Could 2023

 Fondation Custodia, Paris
17 June 2023 – 17 September 2023

Nearly everybody is aware of Johannes Vermeer’s quiet interiors and that little avenue he painted, however few individuals know that artist Jacobus Vrel (energetic c. 1640-1660) was already producing scenes of this type earlier than the paint was dry on Vermeer’s first masterpiece. The Mauritshuis shares the story of this mysterious painter in Vrel – Forerunner of Vermeer.

The exhibition will inform the story of how Vrel was rediscovered within the nineteenth and early twentieth century utilizing a collection of his best works. Two extraordinary work from the well-known Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna will probably be coming to The Hague. One is Girl on the Window (1654), the one dated work by Vrel.

Picture: Jacobus Vrel, A Seated Girl a Youngster via a Window. Paris, Fondation Custodia, Frits Lugt Assortment.

Forerunner of Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer and Jacobus Vrel depicted the identical topics, in addition to sharing the identical initials: JV. For a very long time, some work by Vrel had been truly attributed to Johannes Vermeer. There have even been instances of full signatures by Jacobus Vrel being changed into solid Vermeer signatures. Two works within the exhibition – Avenue Scene with a Bakery by the City Wall, In all probability Waterstraat in Zwolle from Hamburger Kunsthalle and Previous Girl Studying, with a Boy behind the Window, now a part of a personal assortment – had been bought in 1888 as ‘Vermeers’.

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