Bruegel to Rembrandt: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection

, British Museum , Fondation Custodia, Institut Néerlandais , Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums
  • Pikeman
  • Nave and Choir of St. Odulphuskerk, Assendelft
  • Zacharias (?) and the Angel
  • Adoration of the Shepherds
  • Portrait of a Man
  • The Kamperbuitenpoort in Amersfoort
  • Man Seated in His Study; verso: Four Sketches of Eavesdropping Figures
  • Landscape with a Formal Garden
  • Head of an Old Woman
  • Four Studies of Male Heads
  • Man with a Cloak and a Polish Hat
  • Landscape with a Road near a Pond
  • Woman in Sixteenth-Century Costume
  • Five Studies of the Head of a Woman
  • Checkerboard Bonnet Shell (Phalium Areola)
  • Two East Indian Birds
  • View of Weesp
  • Soldier Charging His Musket
  • Six Studies of an Old Woman's Head
  • Two Studies of a Carrot
  • Seated Woman
  • Two Mules
  • A Farm on the Amsteldijk (?)
  • Feathered Cone Shell
  • Portrait of a Man as a Shepherd
  • Man in Middle Eastern Costume Standing in a Landscape
  • The Temptation of Jesus
  • Woman Doing Handwork; verso: Landscape [by a later hand]
  • Landscape with Cottage and Ruined Castle
  • Cottage among Trees
  • Standing Man Seen from Behind
  • Landscape with Riders
  • A Standing Man, Hand on Hip
  • Wooded Landscape with Travelers
  • Portrait of a Woman as a Shepherdess
  • Two Figures in Polish Dress; verso: Bust-Length Figure of a Woman Looking to Right
  • Landscape with Travelers
  • River Landscape with a Church
  • Develstein Castle
  • Man Leading a Horse by a Pond in a Stormy, Wooded Landscape
  • Wooded Landscape with a Distant View toward the Sea
  • Four Tulips
  • Belgica Offered Help
  • Landscape with a Road and a Fence
British Museum Fondation Custodia, Institut Néerlandais Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums

This exhibition presents 113 works from the preeminent private collection of Dutch 17th-century drawings. George Abrams and his late wife, Maida, a Massachusetts couple, assembled their collection during a period of more than 40 years.

The exhibition opens with a few Flemish drawings of the 16th and early 17th centuries, including a recently discovered work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, but the majority are by 17th-century Dutch artists. They range from studies by renowned masters—Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob van Ruisdael, Jacques de Gheyn II, Hendrick Goltzius, and Hendrick Avercamp, among others—to works by lesser-known draftsmen whose contributions are essential to understanding the art history of the period. Highlights include seven drawings by Rembrandt, a diverse group by his pupils, excellent examples of Dutch landscapes, and figure studies and scenes of daily life by genre artists such as Willem Buytewech and Adriaen van Ostade.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by the Harvard University Art Museums and distributed by Yale University Press.

Organized by William W. Robinson, Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings.

Funded in part by a grant from the Viacom Foundation.