2018 marks not only Dickinson Gallery’s 25th anniversary, but also the 20th year Dickinson has participated in TEFAF Maastricht. Some of our most exceptional sales over the past two decades have taken place at TEFAF, including Van Gogh’s L’Enfant a l’Orange (sold to a Private Collector in 2008); Giovanni Bellini’s Madonna and Child (sold to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2009); and Jan Mostaert’s Discovery of America (sold to the Rijksmuseum in 2013). This year, Dickinson will once again be exhibiting a range of works spanning the Old Master through Impressionist and Modern categories.
We have a superb group of Old Masters, with especially strong examples by English and Northern European artists. Many of the works have not been seen on the international art market in decades, if at all. Flemish painting is represented by Van Dyck’s insightful and dignified portrait of Adriaen Moens, restituted a year ago to the heirs of Dutch-Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker. We also have one of only 19 known landscape paintings by Dutch Golden Age artist Hercules Segers,which has remained in the collection at Hovingham Hall for the past 250 years and was included in the 2016-17 Rijksmuseum-Metropolitan Museum exhibition.
British art is represented by two of the most celebrated names in 18th and 19th century painting: Gainsborough and Constable. Evening, A Landscape with Cattle Returning Home is an unusually large composition from the early 1770s, originally painted for Gainsborough’s friend, the musician Karl Friedrich Abel, and more recently in the collection at Bowood House. Dickinson will also exhibit John Constable’s A View of Hampstead Heath: Child’s Hill, Harrow in the Distance, painted in 1824 from a plein-air sketch.
Moving through the 19th century, we will also show an important study by Gérôme Tigre aux Aguets, in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Among the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works on show will be a number of landscapes: Monet’s Falaises, Temps Gris is an atmospheric view of Normandy, owned four times by Durand-Ruel; and we will exhibit a selection of views by Pissarro ranging from early to late career examples. Cézanne’s watercolour La Montagne Sainte-Victoire offers an impressive provenance featuring many of the great collectors of the 20th century: Vollard, Stein, Rosenberg, Norton Simon and Thaw, among others. We will also showcase two Nabis paintings by Bonnard and Vuillard. From the 20th century, we will exhibit Soutine’s La Femme accoudée, a portrait of the artist’s companion Gerda Groth. Looking ahead to Futurism, Giacomo Balla’s Paesaggio + Volo di Rondini relates to the decorative scheme for Casa Balla, the artist’s studio in Rome. Further highlights include Expressionist landscapes by Heckel, Kirchner and Macke; and a large-scale Elle Danse by Picabia, among others.