JACOBUS VREL (Cancelled)

Jacobus Vrel

Woman looking at a Child through a Window

Wood, 45.7 x 39.2 cm

© Fondation Custodia, Frits Lugt Collection, Paris


JACOBUS VREL (Cancelled)

Alte Pinakothek

As a result of the corona pandemic, the first station of the exhibition planned for Munich was not feasible and could not be financed. However, the accompanying publication, a monograph with an annotated catalogue raisonné, will be published in German, English and French.

His pictures seem odd, his figures eccentric and his street scenes like stage sets. Jacobus Vrel would appear to capture everyday life in a small Dutch town in the 17th century while, at the same time, creating utterly distinct and mysterious worlds. His works are often confused with those of famous master painters such as Johannes Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch. Today, they are to be found in the holdings of the most famous museums in the world and are, simultaneously, rarities much coveted by collectors. And, despite all this, the painter is virtually unknown. Let yourself be fascinated by a forerunner of modern art, by a painter whose secret is revealed only at a second glance.

Fondation Custodia, Frits Lugt Collection, Paris
Mauritshuis, Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen, The Hague