Adriaan de Lelie

Adriaan de Lelie - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Originally from Tilburg, Adriaan de Lelie (1755-1820) taught himself to paint, although in his early years he seems to have learned much from fellow townsman Cornelis van Spaendonck. In 1773, De Lelie and Spaendonck travelled to Antwerp together. There De Lelie specialised in history paintings and portraits. To perfect his portrait technique, he copied Rubens and Van Dyck portraits at Dusseldorf’s Electoral Gallery. On the advice of friends, in 1783 De Lelie moved to Amsterdam. There he was soon much in demand, especially in progressive circles. Many leading contemporaries in Dutch cultural life commissioned De Lelie to paint their portrait. His pictures of people visiting art galleries are the precursors of the conversation piece which became popular in the nineteenth century. De Lelie also painted domestic interiors, yet without the idealised ambience and symbolic references that often characterise similar paintings of the 17th century.

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The Drawing Gallery of the Felix Meritis Society

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Founded in 1777, the Amsterdam society called Felix Meritis (‘Happy through Merit’) grew into the cultural centre for the upper middle class. It had five departments: commerce, natural science, music, literature and drawing. The drawing gallery could accommodate about sixty artists for life drawing classes in both daylight and lamplight. De Lelie, seated...
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The Sculpture Gallery of the Felix Meritis Society

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In the sculpture gallery of the Felix Meritis Society, plaster casts of sculptures from Roman museums and the Musée Napoléon in Paris were exhibited against pale blue walls. De Lelie, a member of the society, portrayed himself from the back amidst the commissioners and directors of the society’s departments. 1806-1809, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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The Art Gallery of Josephus Augustinus Brentano

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Brentano had a picture collection comparable to that of Gildemeester, likewise located on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. He hung his paintings as symmetrically as possible. The painted pilasters from his gallery have been preserved and a few are also on display here. The visitors are mainly artists and art dealers looking at possible new acquisitions with...
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The Art Gallery of Jan Gildemeester

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In 1792, the merchant Gildemeester converted two large rooms in his house on Amsterdam’s Herengracht into a picture gallery. Here we see that the walls are densely hung with paintings in gilded frames. Gildemeester stands in the middle of the front room, conversing with one of his guests. The visitors are studying the famous works, including a Rembrandt,...
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Woman Baking Pancakes

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As in the painting Morning Visit, in this kitchen, too, an old man is preparing to smoke his pipe. A young woman has just entered and a boy stands in the door opening, both perhaps enticed by the smell of pancakes. Because of the young woman’s attire, this interior makes a more contemporary impression than Morning Visit. c. 1790-1810, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Morning Visit

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De Lelie painted this typically Dutch kitchen scene in the tradition of 17th-century genre painting. It probably served as the pendant to the Woman Baking Pancakes in this gallery. Just as in the Golden Age, this painter was interested in rendering the various details with the utmost realism: the basket of vegetables, the earthenware jug, the pewter on...
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General Daendels Taking Leave of...

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The French army, which had invaded the Netherlands at the request of the Dutch Patriots, had already reached Utrecht when Daendels, a Dutch general in French service, sent Krayenhoff to Amsterdam. He was to ask the city council to step aside so that a new –Patriot –government could be installed before the French arrived. The change of authority took place...
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