OKCMOA continues “Master Strokes” U.S. premiere

“Man Standing Three-Quarter Length in a Plumed Hat and Rich Costume”, about 1560. Attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674). Image courtesy Victoria and Albert.

The special exhibition, Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age, will be on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) through January 21. This marks the first time this collection, featuring 90 masterpieces by artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn, has been exhibited outside Europe.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). “Study of the Actor Willem Ruyter as a Countryman”. Image courtesy Victoria and Albert.

December 3 from 12-5 p.m. is SONIC Free Family Day with the theme, “Think Like an Artist”' inspired by Master Strokes. Access to the museum that day is free and open to the public.

“We will have artist demonstrations, hands-on activities in our classrooms and a space to sketch within the Master Strokes exhibition,” said Tracy Truels, OKCMOA Director of Learning and Engagement. “SONIC Free Family Day is a great opportunity to spend time with family in this wonderful exhibition.”

Director of curatorial affairs Dr. Michael J. Anderson added, “This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see this collection in the U.S. The exhibition is organized by period and genre and showcases works of a great variety of subject matter.

“This is exciting for us, as we recently reinstalled our permanent collection on our second floor around the concept of genre. I encourage everyone who visits Master Strokes to also spend time in our second-floor galleries; the exhibition will help illuminate and contextualize these galleries for guests."

Organized into five sections, the exhibition is grouped thematically and chronologically to demonstrate contrasts and similarities between the artistic style and practice in the Northern and Southern Netherlands.

The exhibition begins with pre-Golden Age works and is followed by three sections focused on the Golden Age separated by genre: people, religion and mythology and landscapes and nature.

The exhibition concludes with post-Golden Age Works. Approximately 60 artists are represented in the exhibition and the work spans 400 years.

The exhibition includes designs for stained glass, tapestries and prints, alongside portraits, figure studies, genre scenes, landscapes and botanical studies. Drawings range from sketches and sketchbooks to working studies and finished "pictured drawings," using a variety of mediums and techniques including watercolors, "trois crayons" (a traditional drawing technique using three colors of chalk) and pastels.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day but will be open Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. For more information, visit www.okcmoa.com.

“Master Strokes” is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Copyright The Gayly – November 30, 2017 @ 7:10 a.m. CST.