Preserved in the Print Room of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam are thousands of prints and drawings, first gathered together in 1800. They provide a visual record of the ways Dutch artists have responded to their environment over the centuries. As part of Cork's year as European Capital of Culture in 2005, the Rijksmuseum, along with the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Chatsworth House in England, the National Gallery of Ireland, and other public and private collections, made available some of its treasures for the exhibition Figure and Ground at the Crawford Art Gallery. This book illuminates the work of these well-known artists with a thoroughly researched essay by Peter Murray. The drawings were often done for their own sake, rather than as studies for paintings. The travails of labourers, inn-keepers and fishermen are documented in a direct way by artists who were often eye-witnesses to the scenes they depicted. The book also examines the way in which 20th-century artists such as Piet Mondriaan and Jan Toorop moved beyond the conventions of perspectival space and the illusion of depth, ultimately dissolving the distinction between foreground and background, between figure and ground. The artists featured are Hendrick Avercamp, Nicolaes Berchem, Abraham Bloemaert, Jan Both, Jan van Goyen, Josef Israels, Lucas van Leyden, Pieter Molijn (Pieter de Molijn the Elder), Joos de Momper, Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruisdael, Willem Bastiaan Tholen, Jan Toorop, Adriaen Pietersz van de Venne, Claes Jansz Visscher the Elder, Pieter Westenberg
This soft cover book is in very good condition.