Sunday, 14. April - Sunday, 15. September 2019 | 09:30 - 17:30 o'clock
Special Exhibition in gallery of RothenburgMuseum
The "Friends of the Paintings of Martin Monnickendam Foundation" has given 46 of the Dutch artist´s works to the city of Rothenburg. These represents views of Rothenburg and the surrounding area from 1922, when Monnickendam spent a protracted period here. This offers a unique opportunity to see all the works in one special exhibition, alongside important loans from Dutch museums such as the Rijksmuseum and Joods Historic Museum Amsterdam. Monnickendam´s oeuvre is exceptionally important, but difficult to categorize. His early sketches and oil paintings were heavily influenced by Art Nouveau while his later works transitioned to a very relaxed brush style. Monnickendam never fully disengaged from form, but like Max Liebermann and Ludwig Meidner - who worked with a similar style - he was able to create powerful feelings with a few strokes. He occasionally extented forms to the point of caricature. He often employed unsusual perspectives. And his colors were usualy highly contrasted but never incongruous. He almost completely refused the New Objectivity (or Pittura metafisica) of the twenties. He always places the picturesque above all else and adapted his painting style with corresponding flexibility. To this day, Monnickendam cannot be shoehorned into a standard template. For this reason, comparisons with Goya, Daumier, Degas and Menzel are only ever applicable to separate areas of his unique art.