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Following in a tradition of special displays of works by artists inspired by the Rijksmuseum’s world famous collection of Dutch Masters, six paintings by Frank Auerbach will go on show in dialogue with works by Rembrandt.
The Rijksmuseum collection has been an inspiration for generations of artists since the museum first opened in 1885. For a number of years, the Rijksmuseum has been drawing attention to artists who found their inspiration in the Dutch Masters, with displays such as John Constable & Jacob van Ruisdael (2007), Miro & Jan Steen (2010), Anselm Kiefer & The Night Watch (2011), and Rembrandt & Degas (2011).
Today the reunion is done with Frank Auerbach, one of the most important British painters since the Second World War, belonging to the same generation as Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. At the beginning of the 1960s, Auerbach became fascinated by the way in which Rembrandt managed to paint the raw truth and thus penetrate to the essence of his subjects. Auerbach has done the same in his own way in the six paintings from this period that the Rijksmuseum will be displaying: Primrose Hill, Spring Sunshine (1961-62/1964), The Sitting Room (1964-1965), Head of E.O.W. (1964), Head of E.O.W. II (1964), Primrose Hill, Summer Sunshine (1964) and Primrose Hill, Winter Sunshine (1962-1964).
These works will be displayed opposite Rembrandt’s paintings: The Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild (1662), Self-Portrait of the Apostle Paulus (1661), The Jewish Bride (1665-69) and Titus dressed as a Monk (1660).