After completing my study of art history at Utrecht University in 1974 with Prof. Emil Reznicek I was awarded a scholarship at the Dutch Institute in Rome (KNIR). That year proved to be more of a Grand Tour than an “advanced study”, and really opened my eyes to the fine arts, and to Italy in particular.
Back in Holland I had the privilege of being offered an internship by the late Dr Desiré Bouvy in what was to become the Museum Het Catharijneconvent, the Dutch National Museum of Religious Art.
In late 1977, having worked in my father’s gallery for a year, I decided to start one myself (with a single painting and a couple of drawings). Although I soon began striking out on my own, I am greatly indebted to my father for fostering my love of the arts, partly through visits to museums and salerooms from when I was 5 or 6 years old. As for so many others of my generation, the most memorable event was the 1958 exhibition in the Rijksmuseum on medieval art in the Northern Netherlands.
My taste has always been both academic and eclectic. I became fascinated by Dutch 17th-century history painting at a time when very few private collectors and only a handful of mainly European museums displayed any interest in this overlooked but important field. It was through the encouragement and enthusiasm of some museum curators both at home and abroad (and here I must single out Jacques Foucart, formerly of the Louvre) that I succeeded in establishing a flourishing gallery with an ethos all its own.
Over the years we have sold to a great many museums and collectors all over the world. Although the focus has been on 17th-century painting, I have always had an open eye for other periods. The exhibition of the Oskar Reinhart collection of early 19th-century oil sketches and paintings sparked off my love for works of that kind, in which we have become one of the world’s leading specialists. We hope that we can convey that love to you by showing our collection in our gallery and at the fairs in Maastricht (TEFAF) and Munich (Munich Highlights). We look forward to welcoming you.