Rembrandt and his circle in Paris

The Dutch cultural centre Institut Néerlandais is proud to present nearly one hundred of the finest drawings by Rembrandt and his circle from the famous Frits Lugt Collection.The exhibition will bring together twenty Rembrandt drawings and a selection of the best work from his pupils and contemporaries, including Govert Flinck, Ferdinand Bol, Nicolaes Maes and Lambert Doomer.

Following their successful showing at the Frick Collection in New York, the works will be presented in 17th century frames from the Fondation Custodia, which have been recently restored especially for this occasion. All the drawings in the exhibition come from the private collection of Frederik (Frits) Johannes Lugt (1884-1970), regarded as one of the twentieth century’s greatest private collectors of drawings. He was a major historian of Dutch art and an accomplished amateur who at a young age established himself as an outstanding collector.

Rembrandt-interior with Saskia in bed
Rembrandt-interior with Saskia in bed

Lugt was especially interested in landscapes and portraits, and he thought of the 17th century in the Netherlands as his “golden age”, with Rembrandt as his great hero. Over the years he built an excellent and nearly complete set
of etchings and a superb selection of drawings by the artist – most of which, impressively, are still today ascribed to Rembrandt – together with a coherent collection of works by artists in Rembrandt’s circle, including pupils and followers.

The impressive collection is managed by the Fondation Custodia, a partner of the Institut Néerlandais in Paris.
Frits Lugt’s collection of drawings by Rembrandt and his circle has been studied in depth over the last years by Peter Schatborn, former head of the Rijksprentenkabinet, the national print room at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Schatborn is the international expert on 17th century drawings, in particular by Rembrandt, whose work has given rise to a number of revised attributions, recently published in the catalogue raisonné of the Frits Lugt Collection.

The exhibition celebrates his publication that meticulously documents the drawings by Rembrandt and his circle in the Frits Lugt Collection. These new attributions will be presented and explained to the public in an exhibition room focused on this fascinating research.

Press quotes for Frick exhibition

The works in the “Rembrandt and his Circle” exhibition at the Institut Néerlandais were greeted with resounding success when first showed in Spring 2011 at the Frick Collection in New York.

The drawings were presented with engraved self-portraits by Rembrandt also from the Frits Lugt Collection and alongside a presentation of recently restored paintings from the Frick Collection.

Selected quotes:
The New York Times
“ …the big attraction – a gallery of Rembrandt drawings brought from Europe”

The Wall Street Journal
“…Lugt had almost a modernist’s appreciation of the fresh and wayward spontaneity in Rembrandt’s drawings”

New York Post
“…beautiful works by Rembrandt and his peers and pupils.”

Rembrandt and his Circle.
Drawings in the Frits Lugt Collection
Author: Peter Schatborn
Publication of Fondation Custodia and Thoth
Publishers, Bussum, 2011. Price: € 75
ISB number: 978 90 6868 522 0
Catalogue raisonné in English, 2 bound
volumes in slip-case; 683 pages with 165 colour
reproductions, 68 illustrations of watermarks,
85 comparative illustrations (B&W).

Title exhibition : Rembrandt and his circle
Master drawings from the Collection Frits Lugt

Exhibition dates
30 June – 2 October 2011
Opening hours
Tuesdays to Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm
Press visit
Wednesday 29 June from 12 pm to 2 pm
Wednesday 29 June from 6 pm to 8.30 pm
Information and address
Institut Néerlandais
121 rue de Lille 75007 Paris France
T +33 (0)1 53 59 12 40
[email protected]

Rembrandt : Interior with Saskia in bed

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