Art: Dutch Utopia at the Taft Museum of Art

Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880–1914, organized by Savannah’s Telfair Museum from private collections in the U.S. and Europe, brings together “the tulips, windmills, peasant costumes and canals so characteristic of Holland were powerfully

Feb 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Windmills, wooden clogs and tulip mania — that which we consider quintessentially Dutch might have a little something to do with American nostalgia. The Taft Museum of Art explores America’s fascination with the Netherlands in Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880-1914.

Artists found their way from America to Holland during the latter half of the 19th century. There they drew influence from contemporary Dutch artists of The Hague School and from their predecessors of the 17th century, namely Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer, the masters the Dutch Golden Age.

Dutch Utopia: American Artists in Holland, 1880–1914, organized by Savannah’s Telfair Museum from private collections in the U.S. and Europe, brings together that work by such artists as William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, Cincinnati-born painters John Twachtman and Elizabeth Nourse and others.

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