Natures Picture. Photography meets Painting in the 19th Century



Soon after the inception of photography in 1839, the medium was compared to the art of painting. Although different tools are used for the different arts, painters and photographers have always shared a fascination for nature and the specific effects of light and shadow, making the landscape one of the places where the paths of photography and painting crossed, and were of great influence to each other. This exhibition presents The Mesdag Collection’s Barbizon paintings in combination with early French and Dutch landscape photographs. Containing works seldom or never before exhibited in The Netherlands, the exhibition shows the unique encounter between the arts of photography and painting in the 19th century, including rare works on loan from other prestigious collections such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

'Natures Picture. Photography meets Painting in the 19th Century' will be shown at the Mesdag Collection in The Hague until June 5th, 2016.