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Fondation Custodia
E-news #13
November 2020
Like every other cultural institution whose primary purpose is to receive visitors, the Fondation Custodia’s operations have been severely curtailed this year. The doors of the house had to remain closed for months.
The bequest of Carlos van Hasselt and André Nieweglowski in 2010, primarily of open-air oil sketches, was the beginning of a new domain to explore, with the intention of building up a reference collection of such studies. Here we show a selection of works by British artists.
Looking back at the exhibition Studi & Schizzi. Drawing the Human Figure in Italy 1450-1700
“Those people who have consulted the catalogue of any large exhibition of Italian art must have been startled by the diversity of the opinions – often even contradictory opinions – put forward by the specialists. The fact that all these attributions are attacked by some, totally rejected by others, should not be the cause of any anxiety to the less well-informed art lover.”
(Frits Lugt, preface to Italian Drawings in Dutch Collections, 1962)
The Fondation Custodia database online
The Fondation Custodia launched the database of its collection on the Internet on 14 February 2020. We decided to begin by publishing the Italian drawings in the Frits Lugt Collection.
On 1 March 2019, Joyce Zelen started as the first Jacoba Lugt-Klever Fellow. This fellowship has been established in memory of Jacoba (To) Lugt-Klever (1888-1969). The ambitious research project of Zelen concerns the earliest engravings ever made in Germany and the Netherlands.
A Russian archive was created at the Fondation Custodia when Carlos van Hasselt was director, coming mainly from Serge Ernst (1895-1980), art historian and partner of Dimitri Bouchène.
Christiane Lukatis, chief curator in the Department of Graphic Art at the Museumlandschaft Hessen-Kassel, has recently drawn our attention to the collector’s mark with the name of Blanckenhagen, which has allowed us to discover a hitherto unknown collection.
The reference books on the history of the print donated last year by Christopher Mendez have come to complete the Fondation Custodia’s library in a precise and useful manner.
Fully unexpected our friend the eminent German art-historian Joachim Jacoby died much too young on 16 September.
Upcoming publication
Jean-Paul Bouillon
This new edition publishes the letters addressed by Édouard Manet (1832–1883) to his friend, the artist Félix Bracquemond (1833–1914). The correspondence, for the most part unknown, surfaced at a sale in Paris in June 2016 and was acquired the next year by the Fondation Custodia.
Fondation Custodia / Collection Frits Lugt
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