6 The small country of the Netherlands has pro- duced a remarkable number of artists whose fame and influence have spread far beyond their native land. A robust artistic tradition that made paint- ings and prints widely available to the Dutch citi- zenry rather than only the wealthy or the politically powerful offered an environment that supported a thriving culture for professional artists. A selec- tion of objects from the Huntington Museum of Art collection will highlight the work of a number of Dutch artists ranging from a group of etchings by Rembrandt and early natural history prints to paintings by members of The Hague School whose rural subjects echoed those of the Barbizon School in France. In addition to being the premier painter of the Dutch Golden Age Rembrandts prolific and mas- terful work in the etching medium had a profound effect upon generations of artists that followed him. The Huntington Museum of Art owns three etchings by Rembrandt a pair of religious scenes and a portrait of Jan Lutma a goldsmith from Amsterdam. Two other 17th century painters Ge- rard Dou and Caspar Netscher are represented by paintings that show the range of subject matter that would have been offered in Holland at the time both formal portraits of the rich and famous and the everyday subject matter that became a staple of Dutch genre paintings. As European explorers sailed to new and exotic locations naturalists began to record information and images about the plants and animals they en- countered on these journeys. A wealth of infor- mation on these subjects was disseminated in a number of books that were sumptuously illustrated by artists such as Maria Sibylla Merian a German- born artist who later relocated to Amsterdam where she prospered as a botanical illustrator an unusual feat for a woman of her time. By the latter portion of the 19th century a thriving group of Dutch artists pictured the rural agricultural landscape and humble peas- ant subjects of their native land in a manner that was much like the work of French painters such as Corot and Millet. Known col- lectively as The Hague School painters such as Josef Israels and Anton Mauve depicted the Dutch countryside and its inhabitants infusing their works with a subdued tonal range and emphasis on the mood created by the gray skies that so often characterize the Netherlandish atmosphere. Dutch Treat Paintings and Prints from the Netherlands Bridge Gallery July 31 to October 16 2016 This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. Evert Pieters Dutch 1856-1932 Interior With Mother and Child. Oil on canvas 30 x 25 in. Gift of Herbert Fitzpatrick 1952.439.