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De Wind is Op! Climate, Culture and Innovation in Dutch Maritime Painting

July 02 - December 31

The New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM) will explore our extraordinary collections of Golden Age Dutch and Flemish paintings through a fresh lens. These works will be interpreted around the themes of wind, climate and sea as the drivers behind a uniquely Dutch national identity represented in maritime works of art of this period. Dutch artists arguably invented seascape painting, and were the first to specialize in this genre. Their influence reverberates in all that followed, from the work of J.M.W. Turner to Winslow Homer to New Bedford artists William Bradford and Albert Pinkham Ryder. De Wind is Op! will include up to 50 paintings, prints, and other related artifacts drawn from the Museum’s Dutch collections, one of the largest and important of this genre outside of the Netherlands. There will also be a complementary exhibition in the fall of 2019 of European and American prints, paintings, and charts related to wind and climate themes. Learn more about the Whaling museum, their exhibitions, and a special companion symposium will be held at the Museum October 18-19, 2019 HERE.

Co-curators: Dr. Christina Connett & Dr. Roger Mandle


New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
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