Passion for Pictures:Dutch Drawings of the Eighteenth Century

1 October 2020 to 10 January 2021
Exhibition Hall of the Collection of Prints and Drawings

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With nearly 600 works, the Städel Museum has one of the most extensive and artistically significant collections of eighteenth-century Dutch drawings outside the Netherlands. From 1 October 2020 to 10 January 2021, the Städel is for the first time dedicating an exhibition to this valuable collection. On display will be eighty representative drawings by artists who are hardly known today, but who were often very successful in their time, as well as by art-loving amateurs who drew at a high level. The exhibition will bring together preparatory drawings for large-format wall and ceiling decorations by Jacob de Wit, book illustrations by Bernard Picart, Dutch topographies by Cornelis Pronk, Paulus Constantijn la Fargue and Hendrik Schepper and atmospheric landscape drawings by Jacob Cats, the brothers Jacob and Abraham van Strij and Franciscus Andreas Milatz, decorative floral and fruit still lifes by Jan van Huysum and his numerous successors, as well as depictions of exotic animals by Aert Schouman and satirical genre scenes by Cornelis Troost and Jacobus Buys. The selected works impressively illustrate the revaluation and emancipation of the drawing in the Netherlands in the eighteenth century, as well as the preference for picturesquely executed, coloured drawings and the repeatedly sought-after examination of the art of the seventeenth century, the Netherlands’ Golden Age. Download the complete press text here.


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Herman Henstenburgh (1667–1726)
Flower arrangements, 1700
Watercolour and body colour on vellum
340 × 286 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum – U. Edelmann

Herman Henstenburgh, Flower arrangements, 1700

Jan van Huysum (1682–1749)
A Crab
Watercolour and graphite on laid paper, before 1749
183 × 294 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum

Jan van Huysum, A Crab, 18th century

Cornelis Troost (1696 –1750)
View of a Park with Two Young Ladies by a Statue of Hercules, after 1737
Gouache, on laid paper
248 × 358 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum – U. Edelmann

Cornelis Troost, View of a Park with Two Young Ladies by a Statue of Hercules, after 1737

Jacob de Wit (1695–1754)
Ceiling design: Flora and Zephyr, ca. 1725
Pen and grey ink, brush and watercolout, over black chalk or charcoal, on laid paper
230 × 350 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum

Jacob de Wit, Ceiling design: Flora and Zephyr, ca. 1725

Johannes Huibert Prins (1757–1806)
View of a Dutch City, 1790
Watercolour and body colour, on wove paper
405 × 539 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum

Johannes Huibert Prins, View of a Dutch City, 1790

Hendrik Kobell (1751–1779)
An Antwerp Pleit and Other Ships between Noord-Beveland and Wolphaartsdijk, 1775
Watercolour and body colour, over black chalk or charcoal
360 × 534 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum

Hendrik Kobell, An Antwerp Pleit and Other Ships between Noord-Beveland and Wolphaartsdijk, 1775

Aert Schouman (1710–1792)
A Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), ca. 1760–1780
Watercolour, over black chalk or charcoal on laid paper
251 × 375 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum – U. Edelmann

Aert Schouman, A Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), ca. 1760–1780

Cornelis Pronk (1691–1759)
The Binnenhof in The Hague, after 1741
Brush and grey ink, over lead crayon (?), on light brown prepared laid paper
282 × 453 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum

Cornelis Pronk, The Binnenhof in The Hague, after 1741

Johannes Pieter de Frey (1770–1834) after Johannes Verspronck
Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair, ca. 1790–1800
Watercolour, over black chalk or charcoal, on laid paper
468 × 357 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum

Johannes Pieter de Frey, Portrait of a Woman in an Armchair, ca. 1790–1800

Jacob Cats (1741–1799)
Landscape with Castle in the Snow (The Winter), 1788
155 mm (diameter)
Watercolour on laid paper
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum

Jacob Cats, Landscape with Castle in the Snow (The Winter), 1788
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