Romantic Masters in The Hague: Rediscovering the Verveer Brothers
From 3 July to 1 November 2015 the Jewish Historical Museum displayed the exhibition 'Romantic Masters in The Hague. Rediscovering the Verveer Brothers'.
Salomon, Maurits and Elchanon Verveer were well-known, striking figures in the nineteenth-century art world of The Hague. Salomon was a gifted painter in the Dutch Romantic school and Maurits excelled chiefly as a portrait photographer, while Elchanon painted scenes of Dutch fishermen's lives and produced pointed caricatures of his contemporaries.
Partly thanks to the growing emancipation of the Jews in the nineteenth century, the brothers were able to become the first successful professional Jewish artists in the Netherlands.
The Verveers were popular members of the artists' societies Pulchri Studio in The Hague and Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. Salomon, in particular, was the life and soul of billiard evenings and costume balls. Like their four sisters, the brothers remained unmarried and childless. For most of their lives they lived under the same roof and shared a studio.
The exhibition was accompanied by the monograph De Gebroeders Verveer: Haagse meesters van de romantiek (in Dutch only), published by Walburg Press.
The Jewish Historical Museum brougt the exhibition to the attention by an exhibition, various lectures and events related to their works.
View the video (Dutch) were curators Sara Tas and Christiaan van der Lucht eloborate on the exhibition.
This exhibition is made possible by:
Stichting Will & Rita Jaeger Fonds / Salomon de Jong Stichting / Stichting Maatschappij tot Nut der Israëlieten in Nederland / Stichting Gifted Art / De Frans Mortelmans Stichting / Jonas Daniël Meijer Genootschap / Ankie Hak Fonds / Helmuth Mainz & Lore Bacharach Fonds / Prof. dr. Herman Musaph Fonds / Het Joshua, Mila, Sari, Badu, Isi en Mace de Swaan Fonds