Archive News & Expositions
BY JOANNE OSTROW
Buytewech, Goltzius, van der Scheer and Zwaan! Rembrandt van Rijn and then some. The Dutch invasion of Washington continues this weekend with two exhibits marking the bicentennial of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Netherlands.
Meanwhile at Meridian House, "Reality Revisited" complements an outdoor display of Holland's "Madurodam Village."
Works by six contemporary Dutch painters have different styles but share a sensitivity to that peculiar Low Country light. Henk Helmantel uses it to illuminate such classic subjects as church interiors and still lifes. His light reflecting off a wine goblet is palpable. Rein Pol's subjects are mundane -raw cod, weedy chicory, masterful eggs- yet he can make a pig preserved in bottle look almost pretty. Pit van Loo, oldest of the group at 77, captures the lonely, endlessly flat land and seascapes of northern Holland, at once beautiful and depressing.