The World of Margrieta Van Varick and Figure Painting Lecture

New Exhibition at Bard Graduate Center exploring Dutch heritage of New York
New Exhibition at Bard Graduate Center exploring Dutch heritage of New York

On Sept 18, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s sail into the New York bay, a special exhibition at Bard Graduate Center explores the life and times of a fascinating woman, her family, and possessions. Born in theNetherlands, textile merchant Margrieta van Varick lived in Malaysia with her family before moving to Flatbush in 1686, bringing with her an astonishing array of Asian and European goods. One third of the 170 objects on exhibition are rarely seen, early treasures from N-YHS’s collections.

Bruce Weber, Senior Curator of 19th Century Art at the National Academy Museum, will give a gallery talk at 6:30PM on Sept 11, Friday, revealing the development and history of artistic interest in the figure in 19th and early 20th century America.

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 – 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that “his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.


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