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Drawn from life

Works on paper 1850-1950 | 12 October 2019 to 19 January 2020

The exhibition ‘Drawn from life’ features many rarely exhibited drawings, pastels and watercolours. The works by artists including Pablo Picasso, Isaac Israels and Odilon Redon are fragile and rarely exhibited due to their sensitivity to light. Now these works will be on display for three months, a rare opportunity for art lovers!


A glimpse into everyday life

With 150 extremely varied works on paper, Drawn from life offers a glimpse into everyday life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Quick scribbles in sketchbooks, elaborately detailed studies, initial concepts for paintings, sculptures or prints and refined depictions on paper. All these facets of drawing are represented in the exhibition.

Drawing books of Helene Kröller-Müller

Most of the works in the exhibition were collected by Helene Kröller-Müller and her advisor H.P. Bremmer. Helene also drew herself. At that time, drawing lessons were a standard component in the general education of young ladies. The exhibition also includes two of her drawing books from her last years at school.

“… this spontaneous expression is nevertheless sufficient to demonstrate Picasso’s spiritual direction previously and that he, too, began from impressionism.”
— Helene in her 'Considerations' on the acquisition of 'Woman dancer' by Pablo Picasso in 1915.

Do you want to draw in the exhibition?

We’d also like to invite you yourself to draw in the exhibition. For this, we have developed the Drawing Book, with creative assignments for in the museum and at home. The Drawing Book – complete with pencil – is available for free.