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Item Number: 148483
Title: ADRIAEN BROUWER : Master of Emotions: Between Rembrandt and Rubens
Author: Lichtert, Katrien (ed)
Record created on 03/22/18
Available Autumn 2018
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Description: Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, ca. 224pp. illus. Exhibition to be held at MOU Museum, Oudenaarde. English text
Summary: Adriaen Brouwer was born in Oudenaarde c. 1606, probably as the son of a tapestry cartoon designer. At a fairly young age, Brouwer travelled to the Netherlands staying, among other places, in Amsterdam and Haarlem. Afterwards he settled in Antwerp where he already died in 1638. In spite of his short and turbulent life, Brouwer left an impressive oeuvre: relatively small in scale but of the highest artistic quality. From an art-historical point of view, Adriaen Brouwer's oeuvre is of the utmost importance: as a key figure he bridges the sixteenth-century Bruegel tradition and the genre and landscape scenes of the seventeenth century. Brouwer’s renown in his own time and the appreciation by masters such as Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Dyck sharply contrasts with the perception of the painter today; to the large public Adriaen Brouwer is relatively unknown. The last exhibition devoted to Brouwer took place in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich in 1986 and the most ‘recent’ art-historical survey dates from the same year. Moreover, this exhibition was solely devoted to Brouwer’s peasant scenes, a characteristic but also clichéd aspect of his art. Adriaen Brouwer: Master of Emotions is the first monographic show devoted to this exceptional artist. For the first time in history a substantial part of Brouwer’s known oeuvre will be assembled (thirty out of c. seventy paintings), moreover in the artist’s native city. The fact that these works from various private and public collections from all over Europe, Great Britain and the United States will be shown together for the very first time in Oudenaarde makes this exhibition unique and a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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