Dutch landscapes, portraits on display at BAG

Dutch landscapes and portraits will be on display at the Burnaby Art Gallery from Sept. 6 to Nov. 17. - Photo contributed/BAG
Dutch landscapes and portraits will be on display at the Burnaby Art Gallery from Sept. 6 to Nov. 17.
— image credit: Photo contributed/BAG

The Dutch countryside will be featured in an upcoming show at the Burnaby Art Gallery.

Storms and Bright Skies: Three centuries of Dutch landscapes, and Inner Realms: Dutch Portraits, will be on display at the gallery from Sept. 6 to Nov. 17.

Storms and Bright Skies is organized by the National Gallery of Canada. It explores the emergence of the landscape tradition in the early 17th century before blossoming into its golden age and then into the 18th and 19th centuries.

“Some of the greatest Dutch artists, including Jan van Goyen, Jacob van Ruisdael and Rembrandt—represented in Inner Realms: Dutch Portraits with four of his famous etching—brilliantly contributed to the rise of landscape as a full blown pictorial genre. These developments would greatly influence the course of art history in the Netherlands, which was a strong trading, military, scientific and artistic power,” said a press release.

Inner Realms is on loan from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. It includes drawings, etchings and oils by Dutch masters such as Adriaen van Ostade and Cornelis Janssens van Ceulen in addition to Rembrandt.

Admission is by donation, suggested at $10. The gallery is at 6344 Deer Lake Ave.

• The opening reception will be held in the upper and lower gallery on Sept. 6, 7-9 p.m. A tour and lunch will be held the next day from noon to 1 p.m. Call 604-297-4422 to reserve a space.

• Art historian Paula Swart will present a talk on Dutch artists and landscapes near The Hague on Saturday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m. This event focuses on the 17-19th century Dutch artists, who lived in or near the city of The Hague, centre of court and government.

“Genius of place” is often cited as a crucial factor in the creative process and artistic development of an artist. What was the role of the city of The Hague, and its immediate environment, in attracting artists and nourishing creative relationships?

• As part of Burnaby’s upcoming Culture Days event the gallery will hold a guided tour with assistant curator Jennifer Cane on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m.., including a free tour of the Dutch exhibitions.

Dutch Films in the Sky will be shown at Civic Square, Bob Prittie Library (Metrotown) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 7-9 p.m. when there will be an outdoor screening of Alexander Korda’s 1936 biographic film about Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, and Michael Dudok de Wit’s 2000 Oscar winning animated short film, Father and Daughter.

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