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BETWEEN NATURE AND NATIONALITY:
The Hague School in the Nineteenth Century

October 5 - November 17, 2007
In the 1870s a group of Dutch artists began to gather and work alongside each other in and around The Hague. The earliest members of the group included Jozef Israëls, Jacob Maris, Anton Mauve and H. W. Mesdag, and collectively they and their colleagues came to be identified with the city. The 'Hague School' label was appropriate since the surrounding landscape and shoreline, together with the rural population who worked the fields and sea, provided the subjects for most of the pictures produced by these artists over the final few decades of the nineteenth century.

From October 5 - November 17, the Center Art Gallery at Calvin College presents Between Nature and Nationality: The Hague School in the Nineteenth Century. The exhibition will bring together over 25 paintings, prints and drawings from The Hague School to mark the upcoming donation of seven works from the collection of a Calvin College Alum to Calvin College. In addition, the exhibition includes loans from The Detroit Institute of Art, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, The Holland Museum, Hope College, The Art Museum at Michigan State Museum, the Muskegon Museum of Art and a private lender.

Calvin to Host Major Show of Dutch Art (September 17 & October 1, 2007) story at Calvin News and Media Relations.

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click to enlarge, sheep on heath
Anton Mauve
Sheep on Heath, ca. 1870
oil on canvas
Private Collection

click to enlarge, village street
Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch
Village Street, n.d.
oil on canvas
Private Collection

click to enlarge, farmer's wife and child
Bernardus Johannes Blommers
Farmer's Wife and Child, n.d.
oil on mahogany panel
Loan of The Beekhuis Collection

click to enlarge, figures in a dutch landscape
Anton Mauve
Figures in a Dutch Landscape, n.d.
charcoal drawing
Calvin College

click to enlarge, untitled
Jozef Israëls
untitled, ca. 1850
pencil, pen and ink wash
Calvin College

click to enlarge, after the rain
Arnold Marc Gorter
After the Rain, n.d.
oil on canvas
Loan of The Beekhuis Collection

Public Programs

Opening Reception & Introduction
Saturday, October 6, 7pm
Gezon Theater, reception to follow in the Lower Gezon Lobby

Panel Discussion with Exhibition Catalog Essayists
James Bratt, Craig Hanson, Henry Luttikhuizen, Lisa VanArragon
Wednesday, October 24, 7pm
Meeter Center Lecture Hall

Lecture: "All in the Family?: The Hague School and Romanticism "
Nella Kennedy, Guest Curator, The Holland Museum
Wednesday, November 7, 7pm
Meeter Center Lecture Hall