Guided tour Matthijs Maris

Matthijs Maris was just what you imagine an artist to be: he led a bohemian life, decided for himself what he wanted to make, and took no notice of trends and patrons. This guided tour is devoted to the life and work of this unique artist.

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maris Matthijs Maris, Meisjeskopje (extase), 1894/98-1906. Museum Boijmans Van BeuningenMatthijs Maris (1839-1917) enjoyed experimenting, sometimes going to great lengths. How strongly the paint speaks for itself is exemplified in Vanished Illusions, the painting left on his easel when he died, in which no subject can be discerned.

To break away from convention he first headed to Paris, where he painted dreamy women in romantic landscapes. In London he joined the avant-garde, which counted artists such as James MacNeill Whistler. He became a model for up and coming painters in the Netherlands; the young Vincent van Gogh was eager to train with him, but Maris turned him down.

Maris’ paintings are a feast for the eye, you can virtually see him at work: scratching, scraping, applying layer upon layer of pastose paint, at times transparent, and at others opaque, giving rise to mysterious works.

Before or after the tour, look into the Picnic Room where a paint demonstration presents the materials and techniques used by a 19th-century painter.

For whom

Adults (ages 16 and up)


8 October 2017 – 7 January 2018
Daily: 9.30-10.30 / 14.30-15.30

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The tour starts at the information desk in the museum


Group tour: € 75 per 15 persons (excluding admission fee)