Hans Bol (1534-1593), “A Covered Wagon Traversing a Road between Two Inns", 1580, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.- The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will open special exhibition, “Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age,” organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London Oct. 28. This marks the first time this collection, featuring 90 masterpieces by artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn, has been exhibited outside Europe.
“This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see this collection in the U.S.,” said director of curatorial affairs Dr. Michael J. Anderson. “The exhibition is organized by period and genre and showcases works of a great variety of subject matter. This is exciting for us, as we recently reinstalled our permanent collection on our second floor around the concept of genre. I encourage everyone who visits ‘Master Strokes’ to also spend time in our second-floor galleries; the exhibition will help illuminate and contextualize these galleries for guests.”
Organized into five sections, the exhibition is grouped thematically and chronologically to demonstrate contrasts and similarities between the artistic style and practice in the Northern and Southern Netherlands. The exhibition begins with pre-Golden Age works and is followed by three sections focused on the Golden Age separated by genre: religion and mythology, people, and landscapes and nature. The exhibition concludes with post-Golden Age Works. Approximately 60 artists are represented in the exhibition, and the work spans 400 years.
The exhibition includes designs for stained glass, tapestries and prints, alongside portraits, figure studies, genre scenes, landscapes and botanical studies. Drawings range from sketches and sketchbooks to working studies and finished “pictured drawings,” using a variety of mediums and techniques including watercolors, “trois crayons” (a traditional drawing technique using three colors of chalk) and pastels.
As part of this exhibition, OKCMOA is collaborating with the Conservatory for Classical Art in Edmond, Oklahoma. The conservatory will work with OKCMOA to offer drawing classes throughout the fall including “Drawing in the Style of the Old Masters,” “Introduction to Portrait Drawing” and more
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), “Study of a Seated Woman (The Virgin),” About 1606, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Frans Snyders (1579-1657), “Still-Life with Dead Game on a Table,” About 1615, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), “A Huntsman Resting with His Hounds,” About 1635, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Attributed to Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625), “Travellers on a Road on the Side of a Hill with a Wood on the Right,” About 1619, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Dirck Hals (1591-1656), “Seated Man, Drinking from a glass,” Before 1627, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674), “Man Standing Three-Quarter Length in a Plumed Hat and Rich Costume,” About 1560, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), “Study of the Actor Willem Ruyter as a Countryman,” About 1634-8, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Jacob Savery (ca.1565-1603), “A Village Kermis,” 1598, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), “Christ Crowned with Thorns,” Before 1621, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Johann Thopas (1625/7-1685/95), “Portrait of a Man Aged 24,” 1684, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum
Willem Maris (1844-1910), “Milking tim,” Late 19th century, Image © Victoria and Albert Museum.