The Mesdag Collection has produced a range of publications focusing on Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his collection. A selection of the most important publications are listed below.
Hendrik Willem Mesdag – kunstenaar, verzamelaar, entrepreneur
(‘Hendrik Willem Mesdag – artist, collector, entrepreneur’, only available in Dutch)
Hendrik Willem Mesdag (1831-1915) was one of the most powerful figures of his time in the Dutch art world. This richly illustrated monograph is the first publication to link Mesdag’s position as a celebrated marine painter and art collector with his skills as a businessman.
Mesdag’s wide-ranging network – both national and international – and the skilful use he made of his various roles and interests, enabled him to carve out a central position for himself in the cultural life of his time.
Hendrik Willem Mesdag – kunstenaar, verzamelaar, entrepreneur shows that alongside being a true ‘art tsar’ within the Dutch cultural world of his day, Mesdag was also a talented businessman and a versatile cultural entrepreneur.
The book is also available online in the Van Gogh Museum’s webstore.
The Mesdag Collection
This richly-illustrated book by Maite van Dijk and Renske Suijver (Curator and Researcher at the Van Gogh Museum respectively), is available in the museum shop. It tells the story of the remarkable collector from The Hague and includes all the highlights from the collection. The publication is available in Dutch and English editions. Price: € 19.95.
Museum Mesdag: Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings
This scholarly publication, dating from 1996, describes all the paintings and drawings in the collection. It was written by Fred Leeman and Hanna Pennock, with contributions by Saskia de Bodt and Ronald de Leeuw.
Visit the library
More books and documentation on The Mesdag Collection is available in the library and reading room in Amsterdam.