Christoffel en Kate Bisschop: Verlangen naar vroeger
Until 7 January 2024, the Fries Museum will be delving into the personal lives and art of Leeuwarden-born artist Christoffel Bishop (1828-1904) and his English wife Kate Bishop-Swift (1834-1928).
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Until 7 January 2024, the Fries Museum will be delving into the personal lives and art of Leeuwarden-born artist Christoffel Bisschop (1828-1904) and his English wife Kate Bisschop-Swift (1834-1928). Their sources of inspiration and the imposing villa Frisia are also featured, as well as the royal circles in which they engaged and the Hague artists' society Pulchri Studio. The exhibition shows how Frisian artists draw on the past as inspiration for the present. In particular, Christoffel Bishop became fascinated by the colourful town of Hindeloopen.
Following the exhibition on the forgotten painter Alma-Tadema in 2016-2017, the Fries Museum is organising a major exhibition on another great and forgotten painter: Christoffel Bisschop. Besides tranquil Hindelooper interiors, the artist also liked to paint musing women in front of a window and Bible-reading women. All with a hint of the past. Christopher was soon nicknamed the 'painter of brilliant effect' because of his powerful use of colour and brilliant lighting effects. Even in his own time, he was compared to 17th-century masters such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt and Pieter de Hooch. Kate had also developed into a successful artist. She was already hard at work in her native London. After marrying Christopher in 1869 and living together in The Hague, Kate managed to become the first female working member,
- until 7 January 2024
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