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Gustave Courbet, Odilon Redon and Isaac Israëls at the Groninger Museum

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Works from the Arntzenius Collection by artists including Gustave Courbet, Odilon Redon, Willem Bastiaan Tholen and Isaac Israëls will go on view at the Groninger Museum beginning on 29 June 2018. The paintings comprise a six-month visiting exhibition by Museum Gouda. During the same period, Museum Gouda will exhibit works from the Groninger Museum’s Veendorp Collection.

The works from Gouda were amassed by the painter Paul Arntzenius (1883–1965). Highlights of French and Dutch 19th- and early-20th-century painting, they represent the Barbizon and Hague schools. These artists produced landscapes with sweeping cloudscapes, colourful floral still lifes, and street scenes and portraits that bring a bygone world to life. The atmospheric Sunset by Charles-Franҫois Daubigny (1817–1878) is a standout.

From 19 July 2018 through 6 January 2019, Museum Gouda will host a visiting exhibition by the Groninger Museum featuring works acquired by the architect and art collector Reurt Jan Veendorp. Veendorp’s collection is similar to Arntzenius’s and contains work by numerous French artists. The exhibition has previously appeared at the Groninger Museum and several museums in Germany. Arntzenius and Veendorp knew each other well, and their friendship left its mark on both collections.

The exhibition exchange is a prime example of the many collaborative relationships the Groninger Museum undertakes with partner institutions. As well as bringing in new works, they raise the visibility of the museum’s collection.

From Courbet to Israëls: Paintings from Museum Gouda is at the Groninger Museum from 29 June 2018 through 6 January 2019.