michael barnaart + cornelis kruseman

Old Masters and new Dutch Design

For Masterly The Hague, festival for old master painting & dutch design, Michael Barnaart is inspired by the paintings of the Cornelis Kruseman Foundation. Cornelis Kruseman (1797-1857) was a Dutch painter. He spent most of his working life in The Hague, but he also regularly stayed in Rome. In the Romantic era, Arcadian Italy was often the travel destination of artists. The idyllic paintings with lovely portraits in rich and warm colors show his love for Italian art.

The “Italian” color palette and the expressive eyes and mouths are striking elements in Kruseman’s work and are the inspiration for this capsule collection.