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Curious Creatures: Frans Post & Brazil

Giving an overview of Frans Post's time in Brazil, this catalogue focuses on 34 recently discovered animal drawings by Post in the Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem. Originally presumed missing, these sketches and watercolours were created by Post while he studied Brazilian wildlife. They formed the basis for the creatures in his paintings when he returned to the Netherlands, two of which are displayed in the exhibition.

The catalogue also includes translations of Post's notes on each sketch.

Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil

8 September–9 December 2018
Print Gallery | Free admission 

In 1636 the artist Frans Post (1612–80) travelled to Brazil under the patronage of Governor Johan Maurits of Nassau. At this time, a large area of north-eastern Brazil was a Dutch colony. Post spent seven years drawing the exotic flora and fauna of Brazil. The country continued to inspire him when he returned to the Netherlands in 1644. Recently discovered at the Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem, 34 coloured drawings of exotic animals will be complemented by the National Gallery of Ireland’s magnificent, Brazilian Landscape with a Sugar Mill by Post, which depicts a Dutch sugar plantation with alligators, armadillos, anteaters and a monkey in the foreground. Other key works will be shown, including Post’s View of Olinda, Brazil (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), and Sugar Mill (Atlas Van Stolk, Rotterdam). The exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to view a remarkable group of drawings by a Dutch seventeenth-century artist together with some of his important painted Brazilian views.

Curator: Niamh MacNally, National Gallery of Ireland

The exhibition is kindly supported by the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland

Author Niamh MacNally
Exhibition Curious Creatures: Frans Post & Brazil
ISBN 9781904288718
Original Painting Information Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem
Format Paperback
Genre Exhibition Catalogue
Publication Year 2018
Publisher National Gallery of Ireland

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Curious Creatures: Frans Post & Brazil

The Catalogue produced by the National Gallery of Ireland to accompany the 'Curious Creatures' exhibition.
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