Spring 2021

True to Nature. Open-air Painting 1780-1870
from 20 February to 23 May 2021

True to Nature. Open-air Painting 1780-1870 is organised in collaboration with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Around a hundred works, from these three institutions and a private collection, shed a new light on plein air landscape painting between the end of the eighteenth century and late nineteenth century. The exhibition focuses on the artists’ wish to convey the immediacy of nature observed at first hand. The artists represented include Thomas Jones, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, Achille-Etna Michallon, Camille Corot, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, Johan Thomas Lundbye, Vilhelm Kyhn, Carl Blechen, Johann Martin von Rohden, Johann Jakob Frey, among others. The exhibition is organized thematically, reviewing, as contemporary artists did, motifs such as trees, rocks, water, volcanoes, and sky effects, and favourite topographical locations, such as Rome and Capri.

Charles Donker
from 20 February to 23 May 2021

At the same time as True to Nature, the Fondation Custodia presents the work of Charles Donker (born in 1940), one of the great aquafortists of the Netherlands. The Fondation holds a large selection of his engravings, with trial proofs and prints retouched by the artist himself.
In the exhibition a choice of his drawings and watercolours will be shown for the first time. Donker has mainly devoted himself to the Dutch landscape, but as a member of the Artists for Nature association he has been able to travel to Poland, Israel, England, France, Spain and Peru. The works created during these trips show a great liveliness and enthousiasm for completely unexplored views.

Autumn 2021

Léon Bonvin (1834-1866). Drawn to the Everyday presents the work of this draughtsman of talent who found his subjects in his domestic environment. Bonvin liked to depict bunches of wild flowers in a glass, kitchen still-lifes, and the reality of the life of the rural poor in the surrounding Plaine de Vaugirard. The image – or the myth – that has rapidly grown up around this unfortunate figure is of a misunderstood artist, obliged to take over his father’s inn in order to survive, and who put an end to his days at the age of thirty-one. The exhibition will bring together about one hundred works by Bonvin, now dispersed through prestigious private and public collections around the world.