This is a video about French impressionist artist Édouard Manet.
The municipal museum in The Hague last Friday had more temporary exhibitions than just the one about royal court fashions.
One of those as called Ordrupgaard. From Courbet to Købke. The museum says about this exhibition:
The creator of the Ordrupgaard collection, the Dane Wilhelm Hansen (1868-1936), was a farsighted man: he collected works by the French Impressionists and Danish Golden Age painters back in the days when they were much less well known and sought after. This autumn the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag will show a great many works from this unique collection. It will be the first time that these paintings by artists like Cézanne, Degas, Courbet, Købke and Hammershøi will be on collective view outside the walls of the country house where they normally hang. …
In 1892, Wilhelm Hansen bought his first painting at the age of 24. It marked the beginning of a lifelong passion for collection. Initially, he mainly bought works by contemporary Danish artists, without focusing on any particular movement. During Denmark’s ‘Golden Age’ of art, between 1820 and 1850, Danish painting flourished as never before. The Ordrupgaard collection is comprehensive, ranging from realistic scenes of city life by Christoffer Eckersberg to tranquil interiors by Vilhelm Hammershøi and romantic landscapes by Johan Lundbye.
Hansen’s love of French art dates from frequent working visits to Paris, where he spent as much time as possible in art galleries and museums. He became fascinated by the Barbizon School and the Impressionists (at that time still avant-garde) and bought his first Impressionist works – by Sisley, Pissarro, Monet and Renoir – in 1916. Whenever he returned to Paris, he purchased more paintings, and the Ordrupgaard collection grew impressively. By 1918 it was regarded as the most significant European collection of French 19th-century art outside France.
The collection is named after the village of Ordrupgaard, which lies just outside Copenhagen, among parks and fine gardens.
The collection also includes work by French women impressionists, like Berthe Morisot and Eva Gonzalès.
Hansen was an insurance business magnate. In 1916-1918, during the first world war, impressionist and similar paintings were cheap in France. However, in 1922, economic crisis hit Hansen’s business and he had to sell half of his art collection.
The The Hague museum had added some French nineteenth century paintings from their own collection to this exhibition. Including one by Paul Signac, Cap Lombard, Cassis. The work by Courbet at this exhibition included a painting about the cliffs at Etretat.
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