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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Belgian and Dutch Nineteenth-Century Paintings to Be Exhibited in Cuba

Havana, Cuba, Mar 8.- An exhibition of Belgian and Dutch nineteenth-century paintings will be inaugurated on May 10th at the National Museum of Fine Arts in the Cuban capital, the organizers announced.

Curator Oscar Antuña said in a press conference in Havana that the paintings —eight Belgian and sixteen Dutch— belong to the collection of this Cuban institution and they will be exhibited for the first time.

Some of the Belgian authors whose paintings will be on display are Alfred Stevens, one of the greatest exponents of Realism, and Joseph Barthelemy Vieillevoye, a director of the Fine Arts Academy of Liege. The list includes painters Edmond du Schampheler, and Henri Cleenewerck, who worked in Cuba during the 1860s.

Meanwhile, Antuña noted that the Dutch section of the exhibition will feature paintings by Pillen Maris, Henri Mari Ten Kate, Johannes Jacoubus Paling, Johan Barthold Jongkind and Anton Maule.

The curator explained that, although paintings made in Flanders, during the 16th and 17th centuries, and in Holland, during the 17th century, are exhibited in the halls of the Havana-based National Museum of Fine Arts, works from the 19th century have not been on display yet. (acn)

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