Past Exhibitions

Persuasive Visions:
17th Century Dutch and Flemish Masterworks and Contemporary Reflections

June 15 to September 15, 2013


Willem van der Velde I
Warships in a Calm Sea, 1678 (detail)
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Davidson
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery


Thomas Ruff
Portrait (Isabelle Graw), 1988
chromogenic print
Collection of Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund


Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn
Portrait of a Woman, undated
oil on panel
Collection of Vancouver Art Gallery, Founders' Fund



Painting in the Netherlands and Flanders enjoyed an exceptional variety and richness in the seventeenth century. A robust economy, international trade and a prosperous middle class supported a busy art market, including major painters that painted for the market. Several genres- among them portraiture, still life, landscape and marinescape-dominated the painting of this period.

Persuasive Visions incorporates works from the collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery and The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, with important loans from a private collection. These are exhibited in contrast with works in similar genres by contemporary practitioners, including portrait photographs by Thomas Ruff; a major sculpture, Mouthful (2008), by Liz Magor; Jeff Wall's landscape lightboxes; and a new sculptural installation by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, which has been commissioned for this presentation.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, senior curator-historical, with the assistance of The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Supported by:
Peter and Sheila Bentley and anonymous