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Cuyp and the British will stay a while longer

Top exhibition 'In the light of Cuyp' extended

The exhibition at the Dordrecht Museum "In the Light of Cuyp" is unique. Never before have so many paintings by Aelbert Cuyp, Dordrecht's most famous painter, come together. The combination with works by the English artists Turner, Gainsborough and Constable, for whom Cuyp was an important source of inspiration, makes the exhibition a godsend. To give as many people as possible the opportunity to admire these masterpieces live after the lockdown, the museum has extended the exhibition until May 8.

Two extra months to visit this successful must-see.

The extension still had some difficulties. The works come from Germany, the United States, Ireland, Hungary, among others, but especially from England. "We had to apply for extensions from all the lenders," says curator of ancient art and curator of the exhibition Sander Paarlberg. "To our great relief, we succeeded with almost all works. For five paintings we had to find replacements, but that too was successful."

British Cuypmania

"It's a special story," Paarlberg says. "Cuyp was in his time, the 17th century, a completely local painter. Except for some trips, he never left Dordrecht. His clients were also mainly Dordrechters. During his lifetime, no one outside Dordrecht realized how good Cuyp actually was. How special the golden light, serene atmosphere and stillness were in his works. Whether they are landscapes with shepherds, animals or travelers: they have it all. For a long time, his masterpieces were hidden away in Dordrecht. Until, long after his death, a painting by Cuyp surfaced in England. Soon after, a British Cuyp mania broke out, and in no time the paintings were bought up from Dordrecht and shipped to England. The sell-out was swift and rigorous."

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Happening

"At this exhibition you must have been there. 'In the Light of Cuyp' shows how great an influence the Dordrecht native had on later international artists. Many visitors come from outside the city, but especially for all residents of Dordrecht, it is a unique opportunity to become acquainted with their famous fellow city dweller."

Tickets can only be ordered online through the website. To get in the mood, check out the online tour on the website.

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Cuyp guided walk

Those who really want to get to know Aelbert Cuyp go on a walk led by a VVV guide. The walk of about an hour and a half takes you past memorable places in the city center including his birthplace on the Nieuwe Haven.

Register for the walk at vvvdordrecht@dordrecht.nl or you can call 078-7513000. Price: €6 per person. Look for a list of all dates in the UITagenda.

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