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

, British Museum , Institut Néerlandais , Fogg Art Museum
  • Two Female Nudes
  • Standing Drinker
  • Pikeman
  • Six Peasants Merrymaking
  • Nave and Choir of St. Odulphuskerk, Assendelft
  • Two Large Oaks and Two Deer at the Edge of a Wood
  • Zacharias (?) and the Angel
  • Adoration of the Shepherds
  • Portrait of a Man
  • Riverbank with Cottages, a Drawbridge, and Two Towers
  • Seated Female Nude
  • Landscape with Farmhouses
  • Man Seated in His Study; verso: Four Sketches of Eavesdropping Figures
  • The Spectacles Seller
  • The School Room
  • Peasant in a Fur Hat, with a Bottle of Spirits
  • Interior with Drinking and Smoking Peasants
  • Festive Peasants outside an Inn
  • Farcical Peasant Brawl
  • Landscape with a Formal Garden
  • Head of an Old Woman
  • Two Wooden Houses in the Goudsbloemstraat, Burned December 25, 1682
  • Resting Travelers on a Road near a Wood
  • Flowers
  • Four Studies of Male Heads
  • Winter Scene
  • A Sleeping Boy, His Head Resting on His Right Arm
  • Two Studies of a Lean Horse and Study of a Dog; verso: Study of a Bridge (by another hand)
  • Ships on the River IJ near Amsterdam
  • Man with a Cloak and a Polish Hat
  • Landscape with a Road near a Pond
  • Woman in Sixteenth-Century Costume
  • Landscape with Skaters
  • Five Studies of the Head of a Woman
  • Checkerboard Bonnet Shell (Phalium Areola)
  • Farmhouse with a Tall Haystack
  • Card Players
  • Two East Indian Birds
  • View of Weesp
  • Standing Female Nude
  • Soldier Charging His Musket
  • Landscape with the Hospital for Lepers outside Haarlem
  • Kneeling Woman
  • Three Studies of a Dragonfly
  • Three Peasants
  • Village in Winter
  • Six Studies of an Old Woman's Head
  • Sheet of Studies
  • Seated Smoker Fanning Himself with His Hat
  • Two Studies of a Carrot
  • Head of a Young Woman in Profile
  • Seated Woman
  • Seated Peasant and Standing Peasant with a Basket on Her Back; verso: Standing Peasant Turned to the Left and a Woman Seen from the Rear
  • Wooded Landscape with Riders and Dogs
  • The Three Ages of Man
  • The Truce
  • Pica Shell
  • Eight Insects
  • Old Man with a Walking Stick; Head of a Young Woman
  • Travelers on a Country Road
  • Pond in the Forest
  • Two Mules
  • Seated Smoker with Closed Eyes
  • Landscape with a Distant View of Haarlem
  • A Farm on the Amsteldijk (?)
  • Masked Figures Dancing and Playing Music
  • Men in Middle Eastern Costume
  • A Fleet of Ships
  • Rocky River Landscape near Aix-en-Provence
  • Head of an Old Woman in Profile; verso: Seated Figure
  • Feathered Cone Shell
  • Landscape (near Ouderkerk?) with a Fisherman
  • Portrait of a Man as a Shepherd
  • Ameide Castle with Tienhoven in the Distance
  • Coastal View with Ships, Crag with Castle, and Bridge
  • Three Tulips
  • Soldier Charging His Caliver
  • Two Seated Peasants Drinking, One Holding a Violin, and a Young Girl
  • Studies with Cows, Swineherds, and Hunters
  • Adoration of the Shepherds
  • 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
  • Forest Interior with Draftsman
  • Cottage among Trees
  • Standing Man Seen from Behind
  • Portrait of Jan Pynas
  • Landscape with a Bridge and Tower
  • River Landscape
  • Landscape with Riders
  • A Standing Man, Hand on Hip
  • Wooded Landscape with Travelers
  • The Hurdy-Gurdy Player
  • Seated Female Nude
  • Portrait of a Woman as a Shepherdess
  • Bearded Old Man in a Wide-Brimmed Hat
  • Two Figures in Polish Dress; verso: Bust-Length Figure of a Woman Looking to Right
  • Landscape with Travelers
  • River Landscape with a Church
On View British Museum Institut Néerlandais Fogg Art Museum

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.