Portrait (Isabelle Graw), 1988
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.