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Work by professional women artists from the nineteenth century

On show in The Mesdag Collection

The Mesdag Collection in The Hague, which is managed by the Van Gogh Museum, presented the exhibition Paintbrush Princesses II. Women Painting as a Profession featuring works by professional women artists from the nineteenth century. The former home of the nineteenth-century artist Sientje Mesdag-van Houten displayed paintings, miniatures and sculptures by artists such as Thérèse Schwartze, Henriette Ronner-Knip, Suze Robertson and Sientje Mesdag herself. They belonged to the first batch of women who had an opportunity to build a professional career as artists and may be regarded as leading lights of the Dutch art world. One of the highlights of the exhibition was the self-portrait by Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918) which the artist painted for the renowned portrait collection in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. This was the first time the portrait had been exhibited in the Netherlands for 100 years.