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The poetry of reality : Dutch painters of the nineteenth Century
Heteren, Marjan van.
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Poëzie der werkelijkheid. English
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Amsterdam : Waanders Publishers, [2000]

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215 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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ND647 .H4813 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The Poetry of Reality is an indispensable survey of Dutch painting of the 19th century, illustrated with paintings from the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Amsterdams Historisch Museum, and the Van Gogh Museum.

The paintings are all reproduced in color and presented in chronological order, forming a pictorial record of developments in 19th century painting. A number of significant artists are included: Vincent van Gogh, Wouter van Troostwijk, Barend Cornelis Koekkoek, Andreas Schelfhout, Johannes Bosboom, the brothers Jacob, Matthijs and Willem Maris, George Hendrik Breitner, and Johan Barthold Jongkind. The book pays homage to the Dutch painters who set the tone in a period that was so important for the development of art.

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Sandwiched as they are between the Baroque and the modern, Dutch 19th-century painters often and undeservedly get short shrift. Yet their concerns reflect those of the Golden Age and carry forward to the abstract: compositional preferences that echo the natural grids in the landscape of The Netherlands, intensely observed personalities, and regard for quotidian pleasures and activities. Those well-known painters include Alma Tadema, Israels, Van Gogh, Mauve, Breitner, and Toorop; artists less known but increasingly gaining wider appreciation include Bosboom, Mesdag, and Veth. These artists practice the craft of painting, with awareness of their debt to the past and their desire to make images that are enjoyable to view; in so doing, they help define Dutch values for their own time as for ours. This publication not only is a valuable introduction to this era of Dutch art, but also an authority for these artists. The works here presented belong to the Rijksmuseum, but few are generally on view; when the construction now underway is complete, these paintings will be on most welcome permanent display. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals. A. Golahny Lycoming College