Tour of The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers
at The Met
with Nadine Orenstein
May 10, 2017, from 10:00am-11:00am.
Limited to 30
This is a private tour for CCP members thanks to the generosity of Dr. Orenstein and the Department of Drawings and Prints
Please check in at the Groups desk in the Main Hall to pick up your tickets
NOTE: You must RSVP with Jackie at 203-899-7999.
Dr. Nadine M. Orenstein is the Drue Heinz Curator in Charge in the Department of Drawings and Prints, has offered to provide a one-hour tour for the Center for Contemporary Printmaking.
The exhibition originated last fall at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which has the world’s largest holdings in Segers, and has been overseen at the Met by Nadine M. Orenstein, who leads its department of prints and drawings. The show represents nearly all 53 of Segers’s known prints and contains more than half of his 182 surviving impressions, six of his 16 paintings and his two extant oil studies.
The great experimental printmaker Hercules Segers (Dutch, ca. 1590-ca. 1638), one of the most fertile artistic minds of his time, created otherworldly landscapes of astonishing originality. With a unique array of techniques whose identification still puzzles scholars, he etched extraordinary, colorful landscapes and still lifes. Rejecting the idea that prints from a single plate should all look the same in black and white, he produced impressions in varied color schemes-painting them, then adding lines or cutting down the plate. Segers turned each impression of his evocative landscapes into unique miniature paintings that seem out of their time. He was a favorite artist of Rembrandt, who owned eight paintings and one printing plate by Segers.
This exhibition is the first to display almost all of Segers’s prints in varying impressions alongside a selection of his paintings, and is the first large selection of his fascinating work to be shown in the United States.