The Network of Sientje Mesdag-van Houten. Female Artists
With their interest in art by female artists, the Mesdags were far ahead of their time. Particularly Sientje played a significant role in supporting female artists. This presentation of works from the museum collection introduces her network.
Sientje Mesdag-van Houten was a keen supporter of female artists. The wife of marine painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag was herself an artist, taught a number of other female artists, and was on the board of women’s societies.
Sientje and her husband together compiled a large and significant collection of art, which they exhibited at Museum Mesdag (now The Mesdag Collection). Their collection features a relatively large number of works by female artists, who were often acquaintances of the Mesdags. With this interest in female artists, the Mesdags were far ahead of their time.