Exhibition ‘Van Gogh, Mondrian and the Hague School’ in Zagreb

The curator of the exhibition, Jasmina Bavoljak pointed out among other that she negotiated with the Hague Museum for three years on staging the exhibition in Zagreb. She expressed her pleasure with the outcome, as in her opinion it will be a first rate art event in Croatia.

Explaining the importance of The Hague School which played a significant role in the art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, she emphasized that the School was considered too radical and destructive for the Dutch Romanticism of the time. For that reason the paintings realistically portrayed nameless fishermen and pheasants in the field, their hard labour and scenses from family life which reflect their way of survival.

Bavoljak also pointed out that formally the effects of light and shadow are a continuation of the famous painting tradition that began with Rembrandt and Vermeer, while on the paintings of their successors, members of The Hague School, the separation of colour and the magic of the sun, particularly in Van Gogh's paintings.

She also stated that the early works of the famous Mondrian were also created under the great influence of the prominent Hague School, substantiating her statement with examples of his sand dunes paintings.

She continued by saying that he painted by repeating the same scene countless times, anticipating the reduction to geometric forms which will forever change the course of art history.

The exhibition was financed by the Ministry of Culture, the City of Zagreb and Zagrebačka banka as the main sponsor.


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