The Dordrechts Museum buys back a returned van Goyen

1. Jan van Goyen (1596-1656)
View of Dordrecht, 1651
Oil on panel - 67.2 x 98.1 cm
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum
Photo : Dordrechts Museum

7/10/08 — Acquisitions — Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum — In 2006, there had been a restitution of 202 paintings considered to have been looted by the Nazis to Jacques Goudstikker’s heirs (see news item, in French, of 11/2/06) on La Tribune de l’Art, by several Dutch museums.
The museum in Dordrecht had thus returned a View of Dordrecht (ill. 1) by Jan van Goyen which it has just bought back directly from the art dealer’s legal heirs for 3.5 million euros, thanks to a fundraising drive among the public and various firms.

Van Goyen had painted this same panorama of the town several times between 1640 and 1650. The Louvre owns one version dating from 1647. Others can be found in Liverpool (Walker Art Gallery ; 1644), in Brussels (Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles ; 1655), in Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum ; around 1645)…

We would also like to include in this news item three other recent acquisitions by the Dordrechts Museum which we had not mentioned earlier :

2. Arnold Houbraken (1660-1719)
The Vocation of Saint Matthew, c. 1710
Oil on panel - 41.3 x 49.5 cm
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum

2. Arnold Houbraken (1660-1719)
The Death of Dido
Oil on panel - 126 x 152.4 cm
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum

- two paintings by Arnold Houbraken, a native of Dordrecht who was active there : The Vocation of Saint Matthew (ill. 2), a small panel acquired at auction in Cologne on 17 November 2007 (for 18,000 € without charges) and The Death of Dido (ill. 3) a canvas purchased at Christie’s Amsterdam on 9 May 2007 (for 12,000 € without charges). This last acquisition is mentioned on the Codart website which notes that the museum wished to keep the purchase secret until the painting had been restored.

4. Samuel van Hoogstraten (1660-1719)
Portrait of Johan Cornelisz Vijgenboom
and his Wife
, 1647
Oil on canvas - 102 x 130 cm
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum
Photo : Dordrechts Museum

- a canvas by Samuel van Hoogstraten (ill. 4) donated to the museum in 2007. The artist, also active in Dordrecht, was in fact Houbraken’s master. This portrait of a couple was done just after van Hoogstraten left Rembrandt’s workshop.

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Didier Rykner, mardi 7 octobre 2008

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