Hercules Segers

The first full retrospective of the work of Hercules Segers. That is the way the Rijksmuseum describes their exhibition about Hercules Segers (1589/90-1633/40). In a dark atmosphere with new individual lighting of the works, specially developed by Philips, visitors can be marvelled by this pioneer’s work. The exhibition opened on October 7 and will close at January 8.

The exhibition was introduces by the following text:
“Hercules Segers ranks among the most enigmatic and original artists of the Golden Age. His imaginary mountain landscapes inspired poets and colleagues, including Rembrandt. Not much is known about his life, for instance how and when he died. Segers grew up in Amsterdam as the son of a merchant. At the beginning of his career he bought an expensive house, which, however he was forced to sell in 1631 because of his debts. Hercules Segers was a prolific artist, and yet very few of his paintings and prints have been preserved. The Rijksmuseum holds the largest collection of his works in the world. The supplementary loans to this exhibition make it the first complete survey of his wondrous art. Segers’ power of imagination was boundless. As an etcher he developed all kinds of mysterious techniques, he printed etchings with oil paint and on linen and cotton. A contemporary of Segers therefore described his etchings as “printed paintings”. Printmakers would not experiment so freely again until the 20th century.”

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