The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 199
April 24–July 30, 2017
THE MASTERPIECES I.A. MALLE BABBE AND JOSEPH ROULIN
The museum has so many special works on loan of other great painters from national and international museums and private collections. The following paintings have, for example, never been on view in the Netherlands before:
• Postman Joseph Roulin (1888)
Madame Roulin and her Baby (1888) by Van Gogh;
• Corner of a Café-concert (1878/80)
and Boy with Pitcher (1862/72) by Manet;
• A lost copy by Manet of a group portrait by Hals has recently been recovered. The museum will closely examine the rediscovered Manet in the months to come;
• A special work on loan from the Van Gogh Museum, Head of a Prostitute by Van Gogh;
• Other works by Hals have also returned to their hometown, such as The Smoker,
Laughing Boy and Malle Babbe.
For the first time in history, two Malle Babbes will be shown together:
the original by Frans Hals (1633/35)
and the copy made by Gustave Courbet (1869).
The last time Hals’ Malle Babbe (from the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin) was on view was during the major Hals exhibition in 1995.
The exhibition is accompanied by a beautiful glossy magazine featuring a varied mix of articles that combine detail with art appreciation. This inspiring magazine includes contributions by well-known Dutch journalists such as Merel Bem, Arjan Visser, Elma Drayer and José Rozenbroek and art historian Griselda Pollock. The magazine was designed and produced by Studio Room (known from LINDA magazine) and is available at AKO, the better bookstores (Haarlem and Amsterdam area) and the museumshop.