The Birth of the Art Market

This exhibition in the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg is quite a jumble. No way of walking around it and seeing paintings that belong together. The numbering has no coherent order! However it does show many Dutch works from the seventeenth century, including some by Rembrandt and Ruisdael. It also describes how artists played the market by producing large numbers of tonal paintings which could be painted so quickly. Not many I really liked but ‘The artist in his studio’ by Adrian van Ostade shows how it was done in those days . Another painter Jan Weenix specialised in dead rabbits! Always in the same posture! I say …once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all!

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