Dordrechts Museum Permanent Collection

The Dordrechts Museum, established in 1842, is one of the oldest art museums in The Netherlands. In just over 175 years a rich collection has been formed comprising six centuries of Dutch painting.

The Last Supper (1560/1560) by Key, WillemDordrechts Museum

Of the monumental altarpieces once found in Dordrecht, very little survives This Antwerp work originally hung in the Great Church. In 1572, following the Reformation, it was moved to the town hall.

View of Dordrecht (1651/1651) by Goyen, Jan vanDordrechts Museum

This is the classic view of a Dutch city on the water: a church, windmills, boats, impressive cloud formations and water. Van Goyen made a series of sketches in and around Dordrecht in 1648.

Self-Portrait at the Age of Thirty (1647-01-01) by Ferdinand BolDordrechts Museum

Self-assured, artistically attired and glowing with colour. A self-portrait in the spirit of Rembrandt, from whom Bol learned the finer points of the painting craft.

Bed of tulips (1638/1638) by Cuyp, Jacob Gerritsz.Dordrechts Museum

Tulips in the ground. An unusual still life for the time. Just like the tulip itself, an exotic bloom for which collectors were prepared to hand over astronomical sums.

Resting horseman in a landscape (1655/1655) by Cuyp, AelbertDordrechts Museum

This Dutch landscape with hills like those Cuyp would have seen in Cleves has a southern air about it. A successful formula for Dordrecht's upper classes. And to the British nobility a century later.

The Eavesdropper (1657-01-01) by Nicolaes MaesDordrechts Museum

The eavesdropper draws the viewer in and invites them to share in the events taking place. The maid is being kept from her work by her admirer. Moral education and entertainment at their best!

Still Life (1664-01-20) by Samuel van HoogstratenDordrechts Museum

Barely distinguishable from the real thing, Van Hoogstraten managed to fool the Emperor Ferdinand III with a trompe-l’oeil like this, earning him a medal of honour, prominently displayed here.

Still Life with Asparagus, Gooseberries and Strawberries (1698-01-01) by Adriaen CoorteDordrechts Museum

Coorte’s exceptionally refined technique was forgotten for many years. But today he once again belongs among the best-loved still-life painters of the Dutch Golden Age.

Parkland with a Peacock and Ducks, Chased by a Dog (1766) by Aert SchoumanDordrechts Museum

A wall hanging populated with the most beautiful birds. Native and exotic varieties painted extremely naturally - as only Aert Schouman knew how. The canvas was part of a series of five.

The Drawing lesson (1753-12-31/1826-03-07) by Strij, Abraham van (I)Dordrechts Museum

The teacher is distracted by the younger brother playing. A humorous scene based on the 17th-century model. But Van Strij’s precise, vivid painting style is unmistakably of its own time.

Heavenly and Earthly Love (1850/1850) by Scheffer, AryDordrechts Museum

Greek Philosopher Plato distinguished between 2 kinds of love: a heavenly, spiritual form and an earthly, sensual one. Scheffer depicts this literally with heavenly love looking down at earthly love.

River Landscape with Crayfish Catchers (1841) by Barend Cornelis KoekkoekDordrechts Museum

Man is insignificant within all-powerful nature. The landscape is strikingly Romantic. Not topographically recognisable, but rather an image from a dream. Or as Koekkoek put it: ‘a charming lie’.

At Noorden near Nieuwkoop (1901) by Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch and Weissenbruch, Jan HendrikDordrechts Museum

'Light and sky, now that is real art! It inspired him to paint this surprising landscape, or – as one of his contemporaries said – a 'poem in paint' with a beautiful blue sky and a single white cloud.

In the Surf (1879) by Hendrik Willem Mesdag and MesdagDordrechts Museum

One of Mesdag’s most beautiful seascapes, purchased directly from the artist himself. Imposing and so realistic with its high horizon that it makes it seem as if the painter himself was on the water.

Sailing Toy Boats (1860) by Bernardus Johannes BlommersDordrechts Museum

The carefree world of childhood in a poignant, yet robustly laid down impression. Blommers saw children like this almost every day in Scheveningen.

La Place Ary Scheffer, Dordrecht (1884) by Eugène BoudinDordrechts Museum

Dordrecht through the eyes of a Frenchman. Boudin’s natural talent as an outdoor painter bursts from the panel. The reflections in the water alone are a feast for the eye.

Scottish Dance (1890) by Isaac IsraelsDordrechts Museum

Who is this woman in a Scottish outfit? Her gaze strays towards the painter. Scottish Dance dates from Israel’s time in Paris (1904-1913). He lived in Montmartre, at the heart of Parisian nightlife.

Carthorses in the Snow (1890) by George Hendrik BreitnerDordrechts Museum

Breitner’s heart lay with the workers and workhorses. His city is Amsterdam, the working city. The horses are viewed from below. They come towards you, panting and steaming in the snow.

Portrait of Max Liebermann (1904) by Jan VethDordrechts Museum

Veth painted the famous painter Max Liebermann in Berlin. It was, as Veth later recalled, quite a challenge. He learned a lot, much more ‘than from the approval offered by less critical individuals’.

Landscape with Canal (1894) by Jan TooropDordrechts Museum

A spectacular landscape that shimmers with light and colour, executed in the Pointillist style. A new painting technique that had originated in Paris and which Toorop introduced to the Netherlands.

Fiacre with Sacré Coeur by Jan Sluijters and 1911Dordrechts Museum

A striking recollection of Paris by night. A dazzling vision in blue, like a fairy tale. Unusual light sources intrigued Sluijters in the 1910s. He painted many moonlit scenes.

Still Life with Apples and Pears (1944/1946) by Koch, PykeDordrechts Museum

The apples and pears are by no means perfect, and set against the menacing background they are even a little unreal. Koch was a magical realist: his reality was ‘possible, but not probable’.

Farewell (1931) by Piet OuborgDordrechts Museum

Ouborg uses abstract and surreal elements and stirs up the imagination. A mixture of fantasy and reality.

Child, church, animal (1950) by Karel AppelDordrechts Museum

In the years following the war, traditions were put aside. It was the age of freedom, experimenting, of dreaming and myths.

Winter (1964) by Edgar FernhoutDordrechts Museum

Painted in spots of blue, white and black. Colours that Fernhout perceived outside. He felt an intens connection to nature.

The Present One (2013) by Marlene Dumas and 1985Dordrechts Museum

Dumas’ portraits are based on photographs, film stills and television images. Everyone is a potential model, from celebrities to strangers and people from her own surroundings.

Untitled (1987) by René DaniëlsDordrechts Museum

Daniels, among others, helped generate renewed interest in the art of painting during the eighties. His work still inspires young artists.

Breakfast (2019) by Jan Beutener and 1991Dordrechts Museum

17th-century paintings of laid tables were known in Dutch as breakfast pieces. Beutener is playing with the idea, but is using them as form and colour in a tightly organised, almost abstract image.

Hookers in toilets. Dancehall version explicit #2 (2016) by Raquel van HaverDordrechts Museum

Van Havers' paintings offer snapshots of daily life in Amsterdam South-East, or similar places where the artist has worked worldwide. Her paintings are often monumental.

Stage of being (2017) by Robert ZandvlietDordrechts Museum

Landscape, light and colour are important subjects in the works of Robert Zandvliet (1970).

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