- Dutch Museum of Lithography
Expo Aart van Dobbenburgh - 14e portret Marthy - 1961

Aart van Dobbenburgh
A forgotten master lithographer ...

Exhibition up till 27 November 2016

Aart van Dobbenburgh(Amsterdam 1899-Haarlem 1988) develops in the twentieth century into a widely known Dutch artist and above all into a graphic artist. His realistic lithos, posters and small graphics show various returning subjects such as flowers, animals, portraits, landscapes and human hands. From the end of the 1930s the artist, with a strongly social conscience, is cheered in the media as the technically best art lithographer of the 20th century.

More than 100 works of art.
A good reason for the Dutch Museum of Lithography, situated in Valkenswaard 10 kms south of Eindhoven, to put together an exhibition in which an impressive journey is being made  through  the various themes of his lithographic work. The oldest work, titled  “De hemelbogen”( The firmament), dates from 1918 and still breathes out his admiration for Jan Toorop. In the early 1920s we see the influence of Van Gogh and the expressionism,  later followed by cubism. Gradually Van Dobbenburgh refines his lithographic technique and style.The expo comprises more than 100 works of art and has been put together  by the Dutch Museum of Lithography with exclusive loans by the Jeroen Bosch Huis, University Library of Leiden,Collection Vrijdag, A.J. Vervoorn, O.W. Koning, M.Wetemans,W.van den Wijngaard,Van Sabben Auctions and members of the society ExlibrisWereld. Especially for this exhibition, the Museum has made a short documentary film in cooperation with filmmaker Wouter van Gestel.

All-round artist

For his education Van Dobbenburgh attends  the Kunstnijverheidschool Quellinus  (Industrial Art Academy) in Amsterdam.In 1920 his first exhibition takes place, followed by many other expos at home and abroad. Among others Van Dobbenburgh  illustrates in the 1940s novels by the Russian writers Tolstoj and Dostojevski. In 1949 appears in three parts “War and Peace” by Tolstoj with lithos of the main characters by the artist. Also well-known are the lithos of his cousin Prime Minister Dr. Willem Drees, of the poet and activist Henriette Roland Holst and of Queen Juliana.He is also renowned for his penetrating posters, small graphics such as bookplates and designs for various stamps of which examples can  be seen in the exhibition.

Collected worldwide

In 1965 Van Dobbenburgh receives the Leo Tolstoj Medal in Russia.A short time afterwards Queen Juliana appoints him Knight in the Order of of Oranje-Nassau. His work is represented amongst others in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag;  Frans Halsmuseum Haarlem; Leids Prentenkabinet Leiden;

Leo Tolstoj Museum Moscow; Museum Boymans  Van Beuningen Rotterdam; Nederlands Steendrukmuseum Valkenswaard; Museum Ovar in Portugal; Museum voor Communicatie Den Haag; RijksPrentenkabinet Amsterdam; Singer Museum Laren; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam;Teyler Museum Haarlem;  and in many private collections all over the world. In the Maria Chapel of the St Bavo Church in Haarlem  you can see three lithographed stones by Aart van Dobbenburgh , showing scenes from the Life of Jesus.

No extra charge
The exhibition will be held up till 27 November 2016. The entrance ticket gives access to both the exhibition and the museum. The permanent collection will show the visitor the lithography and stone-printing invented by Alois Senefelder in 1798, its technique and its social relevance. Globally seen  the museum offers the visitor  the most complete survey of the history of lithography.

Information for visitors

Address : Carolus Gebouw, Oranje Nassaustraat 8 c in Valkenswaard.
Openingtimes : Tuesday up till Sunday from 13 to 17 hrs
Entrance fees : 0-12 yrs (accompanied by adults) FREE
Museum card holders : FREE
Persons 13-18 yrs, CJP, Students : € 4,-
Persons  older than 18 : € 6,-

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