Stories of Dordrecht (no. 12): Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)


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The twelfth part of the series Verhalen van Dordrecht is about Ary Scheffer. Honoured, reviled and forgotten are words that apply pre-eminently to Ary Scheffer (1795-1858).

The story of his life and work is extraordinary. The Dordrecht-born painter created a furore in Paris; his romantic paintings fetched record prices. He surrounded himself with celebrities and monarchs, whom he also portrayed. Vincent van Gogh was one of his regular admirers, and in every new room he hung up a new print by Scheffer.

This richly illustrated booklet describes the fascinating life and work of Ary Scheffer. A beautiful picture emerges of the French painter from Dordrecht, so well known because of the statue on the Scheffersplein.