Kindred Collections: prints and drawings

Gavarni, The Proprietor, c. 1860, collection W.

Press release

Kindred Collections
Prints and drawings from the collections of Jan and Wietse van den Noort

11 February 2012 - 20 May 2012

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents two outstanding collections this spring. The closely related collections of Jan and Wietse van den Noort offer an extensive survey of the arts of printmaking and drawing. A wide selection of works on paper from these ‘kindred collections’ are now shown together for the first time. A catalogue is also available. 

The brothers Jan and Wietse van den Noort, drawing teachers by profession, are passionate and knowledgeable collectors of graphic art and drawings.The exhibition highlights the scope and diversity of the collections they have built up over the past forty years and includes work by Rembrandt, Goya, Isabey, Daumier, Jongkind, Käthe Kollwitz, Redon, Kees van Dongen and Co Westerik. The selection on show gives prominence to nineteenth-century French graphic art and Dutch fin-de-siècle and twentieth-century prints and drawings. 

French and Dutch graphic art

The display is essentially chronological and starts with a selection of sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth-century prints. The second section is larger and highlights the rich diversity of nineteenth-century French graphic art. Also included are prints by artists from other countries. One of the galleries is reserved for work by Dutch artists. This selection comprises prints and drawings from the late nineteenth century up to the present.


The exhibition and the accompanying publication were compiled by Hans Locher, former director of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, in collaboration with Jan and Wietse van den Noort. The lavishly illustrated catalogue can be obtained from the museum shop or ordered from the museum’s web shop. The catalogue is only available in Dutch.