Xavier Mellery painting
Xavier Mellery (1845-1921), "Baptism in Marken Island," 1879, pastel, watercolor and charcoal on paper, 20½ by 31½ inches (52 by 80 cm.), signed 'X MELLERY'

Between 1870 and 1914, artists flocked to the Netherlands in search of what had inspired their seventeenth century predecessors. With industrialization well under way, remote fishing villages such as Volendam and Marken, with their exotic inhabitants dressed in traditional costumes, became the attraction for Monet and lesser known artists such as the Belgian symbolist Xavier Mellery.

“Dreaming of Holland” is an exhibition on view at Jill Newhouse Gallery (NYC) through May 28, 2021.

With travel restrictions still in place, “Dreaming of Holland” brings together different worlds through the vision of denizens and explorers, transporting us to other existences in the past.

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