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Picasso in Holland
Les trois Hollandaise
© Succession Picasso 2016, Pablo Picasso, Les trois Hollandaises, 1905
Collection Musée Picasso, Centre Pompidou, Paris
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In the summer of 1905, the young Pablo Picasso stayed in the province of North Holland for a few weeks. Even if he stayed here for just a short period of time, this vacation was an important phase for his artistry. From June 7th, until August 28th, including, the town museum of Alkmaar will exhibit his Dutch work for the first time. Never before have the famous paintings ‘La belle Hollandaise’ from Australia and ‘Les trois Hollandaises’ from Paris been reunited.

Exotic world and village women
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) had only been living in Paris for a few years, when he decided to leave the metropolis and head to rural North Holland in 1905. In Paris, where the young artist shared a studio with numerous Dutch artists, he got to know the Dutch comedian, racing driver and journalist Tom Schilperoort. He invited Picasso to come stay with him and his girlfriend Nelly in their holiday home in Schoorl. From Schoorl and Schoorldam Picasso went on excursions to Alkmaar and Hoorn. He visited the cheese market, studied the windmills and retained this new ‘exotic world’ in his sketchbooks. He made gouaches of young village women.

Small exhibition about a great artist
The exhibition Picasso in Holland features several unique artworks on loan from museums abroad and rarely-shown documentary material. Apart from ‘La belle Hollandaise’ and ‘Les trois Hollandaises’ there will be two sketchbooks from the collections of Musée Picasso Paris. 23-year-old Picasso portrays the local population, brothel visitors, but also Dutch farmhouses, windmills and the historic town centres of Hoorn and Alkmaar. To paint, he retreats to his room along the North Holland Canal. He paints this water in ‘Les trois Hollandaises’. The farmhouse on the background is typical for this region. As well as the westfrisian hat on the head of the woman in ‘La belle Hollandaise’.

Prestudies
He also worked on the compositions of his Parisian paintings. His sketchbooks contain at least fifteen studies for the ‘Wedding of Pierette’ (1905) and he experiments with the background of ‘Family of Saltimbanques’ (1905). Back in Paris, Pablo Picasso paints a kind of desert behind the acrobats, which was inspired by the dunes in Schoorl. The distance to Paris– even if it lasted just a few weeks – helped Picasso to elaborate his style.

Wooden chair
Never before has a Dutch museum succeeded in bringing Picasso’s rare Dutch artworks together. The starting part of the exhibition was a recent gift: the wooden chair the Spanish master allegedly worked on in the café ‘Hollands Welvaren’ (nowadays the ‘Hof van Schoorl’). A simple piece of furniture made very special by its world famous user.

Book and documentary
A book is available about Picasso in Holland with contributions of Picasso-expert Marilyn McCully and historian Gerrit Valk. Several short documentaries about Picasso’s Dutch summer can be seen during the exhibition. The book is available in the Museumstore.

The exhibition was organised with aid of the Regional Archives of Alkmaar. The exhibition was made possible by: Het Mondriaanfonds, Victoriefonds Alkmaar, Gemeente Alkmaar, Regionaal Archief Alkmaar, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (Ministerie van OC&W), Stichting Gifted Art, Historische Vereniging Alkmaar, De Hooge Waerder Accountants.

Les trois Hollandaises
© Succession Picasso 2016, Pablo Picasso, Les trois Hollandaises, 1905
Collection Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Prestudies
He also worked on the compositions of his Parisian paintings. His sketchbooks contain at least fifteen studies for the ‘Wedding of Pierette’ (1905) and he experiments with the background of ‘Family of Saltimbanques’ (1905). Back in Paris, Pablo Picasso paints a kind of desert behind the acrobats, which was inspired by the dunes in Schoorl. The distance to Paris– even if it lasted just a few weeks – helped Picasso to elaborate his style.

Wooden chair
Never before has a Dutch museum succeeded in bringing Picasso’s rare Dutch artworks together. The starting part of the exhibition was a recent gift: the wooden chair the Spanish master allegedly worked on in the café ‘Hollands Welvaren’ (nowadays the ‘Hof van Schoorl’). A simple piece of furniture made very special by its world famous user.

Book and documentary
A book is available about Picasso in Holland with contributions of Picasso-expert Marilyn McCully and historian Gerrit Valk. Several short documentaries about Picasso’s Dutch summer can be seen during the exhibition. The book is available in the Museumstore.

The exhibition was organised with aid of the Regional Archives of Alkmaar. The exhibition was made possible by: Het Mondriaanfonds, Victoriefonds Alkmaar, Gemeente Alkmaar, Regionaal Archief Alkmaar, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (Ministerie van OC&W), Stichting Gifted Art, Historische Vereniging Alkmaar, De Hooge Waerder Accountants.

Picasso in Holland
Klik open
More about the exhibition

In the summer of 1905, the young Pablo Picasso stayed in the province of North Holland for a few weeks. Even if he stayed here for just a short period of time, this vacation was an important phase for his artistry. From June 7th, until August 28th, including, the town museum of Alkmaar will exhibit his Dutch work for the first time. Never before have the famous paintings ‘La belle Hollandaise’ from Australia and ‘Les trois Hollandaises’ from Paris been reunited.

Exotic world and village women
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) had only been living in Paris for a few years, when he decided to leave the metropolis and head to rural North Holland in 1905. In Paris, where the young artist shared a studio with numerous Dutch artists, he got to know the Dutch comedian, racing driver and journalist Tom Schilperoort. He invited Picasso to come stay with him and his girlfriend Nelly in their holiday home in Schoorl. From Schoorl and Schoorldam Picasso went on excursions to Alkmaar and Hoorn. He visited the cheese market, studied the windmills and retained this new ‘exotic world’ in his sketchbooks. He made gouaches of young village women.

Small exhibition about a great artist
The exhibition Picasso in Holland feautues several unique artworks on loan from museums abroad and rarely-shown documentary material. Apart from ‘La belle Hollandaise’ and ‘Les trois Hollandaises’ there will be two sketchbooks from the collections of Musée Picasso Paris. 23-year-old Picasso portrays the local population, brothel visitors, but also Dutch farmhouses, windmills and the historic town centres of Hoorn and Alkmaar. To paint, he retreats to his room along the North Holland Canal. He paints this water in ‘Les trois Hollandaises’. The farmhouse on the background is typical for this region. As well as the westfrisian hat on the head of the woman in ‘La belle Hollandaise’.

La belle Hollandaise
© Succession Picasso 2016, Pablo Picasso, Les trois Hollandaises, 1905
Collection Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Nice to know

  • Visit & time slots
    The exhibition Picasso in Holland will take place in the small exhibition gallery. In case of a high number of visitors, time slots of half an hour will be introduced. Upon entry, every visitor will receive a sticker with an entrance time for the exhibition.
  • Regional Archive of Alkmaar – Picasso on the map
    On these maps, produced by the Regional Archive of Alkmaar, visitors can see the locations Picasso visited during his stay in Alkmaar and Schoorl.
  • Program item ‘Landinwaarts’
    View here the trailer of the television program ‘Landinwaarts’ of the NTR about Picasso’s Dutch summer. (In Dutch only)
  • More Modern Art?
    Visit the temporary exhibition on the versatile modernist painter G.W. van Blaaderen and the new permanent exhibition about ‘De Bergense School’, Dutch expressionist art.
  • Coffee or lunch?
    Our Museum café offers good fairtrade coffee, lunch dishes inspired by the collection, a glass of wine or beer from Alkmaar. In the summer the terrace is opened, offering a great view of the Sint Laurenskerk.
  • Present or souvenir?
    The museum store offers a large range of books, postcards and other presents. Take a souvenir home or buy a gift.
Chair Picasso
Chair Picasso ©Foto Margareta Svensson, 2016

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‘Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar’ (The Alkmaar City Museum), opened in 1875, is one of the oldest museums in the Netherlands. Apart from temporary exhibitions, it presents a wonderful collection of old and contemporary art, craft and town history.

Permanent exhibitions
Victory!
Experience an action-packed family tour full of stories. Visit the interactive exhibition about the historical siege of Alkmaar in 1573.

The Golden Age of Alkmaar
Be amazed by the showpieces of the old masters such as Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, Maarten van Heemskerck, Pieter Jansz Saenredam and Caesar van Everdingen. The paintings are accompanied by a collection of furniture, silver and glass ware from the 17th century.

Portrait of Alkmaar
In this portrait of the city throughout the ages, you can discover famous people, events and objects that tell the fascinating story of the city’s rich heritage.

De Bergense School
Visit the permanent exhibition about ‘De Bergense School’ -Dutch Expressionist Art 1915-1925- with Charley Toorop, Leo Gestel, Arnout Colnot and Matthieu Wiegman.

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Book Picasso in Holland

Read more about Picasso’s Dutch summer in the book ‘Picasso in Holland’ with contributions of Picasso expert Marilyn McCully and historian Gerrit Valk. The publication was issued by Waanders & De Kunst and edited by Sandra Jongenelen

Available in the museum store

€ 22.50

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Alkmaar is an attractive cultural city with a rich history. It has several museums and beautiful monuments, such as the ‘Grote Sint Laurenskerk’. The countless original boutiques in the old town make Alkmaar an ideal shopping city as well. After a day of visiting the museum and shopping you can enjoy a drink in one of the cafés and restaurants. And don’t miss the famous cheese market, of course.

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  • Mondriaan
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  • Rijkdienst
  • Stichting Gifted Art  /  Historische Vereniging Alkmaar  /  De Hooge Waerder Accountants