Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish 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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The Städel Museum has in its possession nearly 600 Netherlandish drawings of the eighteenth century – and thus one of the most extensive collections of its kind outside the Netherlands and Belgium. From 1 October 2020 to 10 January 2021, the museum will devote an exhibition solely to these works. The show will feature 81 representative drawings by artists of whom many, though little known today, were quite successful in their time. The selection mirrors the structure and artistic quality of the holdings as well as the wide range of subjects they cover. Frequently executed as finished artworks on a par with painting, often in colour, the drawings catered to the enlightened eighteenth-century citizens’ passion for pictures, as well as to their thirst for dialogue and information. Art admirers cultivated the pastime of gathering to contemplate and converse about the works.

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Aert Schouman (1710–1792)
A Long-tailed Widowbird and a Dominican Cardinal
Watercolour, over black chalk or charcoal on laid paper
370 × 252 mm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum – U. Edelmann

Aert Schouman, Eine Spitzschwanz-Paradieswitwe und ein Dominikanerkardinal

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

Exhibition view "Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century"
Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century

Exhibition view "Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century"
Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century

Exhibition view "Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century"
Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century

Exhibition view "Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century"
Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century

Exhibition view "Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century"
Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century

Exhibition view "Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century"
Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century

Exhibition view "Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century"
Photo: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz

Passion for Pictures: Netherlandish Drawings of the Eigteenth Century
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