Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Fries Museum buys “key painting” by Alma-Tadema
The Fries Museum in Leeuwarden has purchased a work of the Anglo-Dutch painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema for 1.6 million euro. It is Entrance to a Roman Theatre from 1866; the most expensive purchase that the museum ever did.
The museum calls the painting a key work from the oeuvre of Alma-Tadema. It was the international breakthrough for the Frisian.
“A similar work by Alma is not found in the Netherlands,” says a spokesperson. “The Fries Museum is now the only museum in the Netherlands showing the full development by the painter.”
In England he developed into one of the most important painters of his time. He was known for his genre paintings with Roman or Greek themes.
The Fries Museum has the largest collection of his work in the Netherlands. This new masterpiece was purchased with the support of some private donors, the Rembrandt Society, the Mondriaan Fund and the BankGiro Lottery.
“The work of Alma-Tadema has risen sharply in price in recent decades,” the spokesperson said. “It is special that the Fries Museum has managed to acquire this important work.”
Next year the museum will have a major exhibition on the painter. People will already be able to see Entrance to a Roman Theatre later this year.
See also here.