The Dulwich Picture Gallery are collaborating with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam to present a display of work by one of the finest landscape artists of the Dutch Golden Age.

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Figures in a Deer Park, Adriaen van de Velde, c.1665, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Edward and Sally Speelman Collection. 

In a career that lasted less than two decades, Van de Velde created a varied portfolio of work comprised of paintings and drawings which gave him posthumous fame during the 18th and 19th centuries – when he was one of the most sought-after names among collectors in Germany, France and England.

This rare exhibition of his work will bring together 60 examples of his work including landscapes and a selection of preparatory studies, many of them in red chalk. These studies, along with the paintings, will offer visitors a glimpse of the way the artist worked from the conception to the completion of the painting.

Despite dying at a young age, Van de Velde still managed to complete a wide variety of work that focused on peaceful landscapes that depict both typical Dutch and and Italianising views populated by figures in peaceful harmony with animals and the surrounding landscape.

Curator of the exhibition, Bart Cornelis said: “This exhibition provides an opportunity for the public to get to know the work of one of those exceptionally gifted and refined artists of the Dutch Golden Age who has more recently slipped through the net of history but who deserves to be rediscovered as the great painter and draughtsman that he is. What’s more, his drawings provide a fascinating opportunity to see a seventeenth-century Dutch artist at work: we can, as it were, look over his shoulder to see how he composed his landscapes.”

Adriaen van de Valde: Dutch Master of Landscape will be on display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from the 12th October until the 15th January 2017. For more information and to book tickets for the exhibition visit: http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2016/october/adriaen-van-de-velde/

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