Painters of Light
1 Sep-17 JanMuseum
Featuring works from the Singer Laren collection, this exhibition presents a comforting and literally enlightening visual narrative. With its strong focus on impressionism and modernism, the collection provides an ideal basis to shine a spotlight on the painters of light. During the course of the 19th century light became an important subject for artists once again, as it had been in the 17th century. Painters swapped their studios for outdoor locations, and those in the artists’ colony of Laren were no exception. Thus began a period of several decades in which the focus of art was on light, which we explore here on the basis of six themes.
Claude Monet and Max Liebermann painted impressions of natural light, Jan Toorop and Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig used the pointillist technique to create vibrating light effects, and Jan Sluijters experimented with colour to convey the sensation of light. Leo Gestel captured the ‘inner light’ in portraits, while Kees Maks used artificial light when staging the scenes he painted. Finally, we go in search of the southern light, in the work of artists like Kees van Dongen.