The museum is open again! Make the most of your visit and discover three newly added paintings to the collection: 'Beach Scene in Holland' by Hendrik Willem Mesdag, 'Self-portrait with a Portrait of Raden Mas Jodjana in the Background' by Isaac Israels and 'Herring Smokers' by Philip Sadée.
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Hendrik Willem Mesdag and Sientje Mesdag-van Houten donated The Mesdag Collection to the Dutch State in 1903. Only in exceptional cases is the museum’s collection expanded with new works of art through purchase or donation. These works are related to the historical collection or once were actually part of it.
From 25 June, three paintings recently added to the collection will be on display in the museum: Beach Scene in Holland by Hendrik Willem Mesdag himself, Self-portrait with a Portrait of Raden Mas Jodjana in the Background by Isaac Israels and Herring Smokers by Philip Sadée.
Sadée, Israels and Mesdag
Sadée’s painting of Scheveningen women smoking herring was one of eight panels decorating the sliding doors in Mesdag’s atelier, which he had asked his artist friends to paint. After Mesdag’s death all the panels were removed, but fortunately, the museum was able to buy Sadée’s work back a few years ago.
The pictures by Israels and Mesdag were donated to the museum. Israels painted himself in front of his portrait of Raden Mas Jodjana, a Javanese prince who worked as a dancer and an artist in The Hague. Jodjana’s daughter bequeathed this double portrait to The Mesdag Collection.
The collection had been lacking an example of the kind of elaborate beach scene by Mesdag for which he was so famous. A Dutch family in Canada donated Beach Scene in Holland to the museum and we are delighted to have it back home.