In the autumn of 2019, a long-held wish of the Drents Museum will come true. In the exhibition Barbizon of the North - The discovery of the Drenthe landscape 1850-1950, the museum will present work by great artists from the 19th and 20th centuries who discovered the nature of Drenthe and captured it on canvas. Artworks from, among others, Israëls, Mesdag and Van Gogh show the unique characteristics of Drenthe. This exhibition is a collaboration with Het Drentse Landschap. The Drents Museum and Het Drentse Landschap are developing a surprising peripheral program around the exhibition in which art, culture and nature come together in a special way. Barbizon of the North can be seen from 24th November 2019 to 22nd March 2020.
Barbizon of the North
Drenthe is known for its beautiful nature and friendly population. Many tourists visit the province every year precisely for those typical characteristics. This image of Drenthe originated in the 18th century when the first artists, armed with pencil and easel, discovered the rugged but above all the beautiful Drenthe landscape. A nice comparison can be made with the famous French Barbizon, where artists gathered in the 19th century to paint the nature, often in the open air. Drenthe plays the same role as Barbizon, with artist villages such as Zweeloo, Rolde and Vries as gathering places.
The beauty of Drenthe
In the exhibition Barbizon of the North - The discovery of the Drenthe landscape 1850-1950, visitors take a walk through the Drenthe landscape of around 1900 and discover the beautiful heaths, dolmens, fields and special villages of Drenthe. Paintings, graphics and drawings by great artists, including Jozef Israëls, Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Vincent van Gogh, Julius van de Sande Bakhuyzen and Max Liebermann, are presented in combination with unknown gems from the rich collection of the Drents Museum. The exhibition thus offers a wide variety of works that together show the unique character of Drenthe.
The Drenthe Landscape Foundation
The Drents Museum is collaborating with Het Drentse Landschap on this project. This foundation was established in 1934 and has been in existence for 85 years this year. Het Drentse Landschap manages around 9,000 hectares of nature and around 300 mostly monumental objects, including manorial estates, churches and various farms. In addition, the foundation is responsible for 22 “hunebedden” [dolmens], three historic redoubts and dozens of burial mounds. The Drents Museum and Het Drentse Landschap are developing a special peripheral program around the exhibition in which art, culture and nature come together in a special way. Het Drentse Landschap is developing a public film that will be shown in the exhibition and also in the information centers of the Drenthe Landscape.