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Evelien de Visser wins research grant

Art historian, Evelien de Visser, has been awarded the Van Gogh Museum research grant worth 5000 euros. She will use the grant to carry out several months of research into the phenomenon of ‘collecting art in the Netherlands in the 19th century’. The Van Gogh Museum research grant gives recently graduated art historians the opportunity to conduct research on a subject pertaining to the museum’s field of collecting. 

Exploratory research

Evelien de Visser’s research proposal focussed on collectors of contemporary art in the Netherlands between 1850 and 1900. The results of her exploratory research showed that, during this period, there were dozens of collectors in the Netherlands who – like Hendrik Willem Mesdag – collected high-quality artwork on a large scale. To date, art history literature on the Dutch 19th century art world pays very little attention to this group in a broader perspective.