The exhibition shows a special selection of paintings by artists including Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Jozef Israëls, Louis Meijer, Andreas Schelfhout and Johannes Christiaan Schotel. In the early 19th century, artists contrasted the overwhelming ferocity of nature with the insignificance of individual human beings. In the mid-19th century the calm after the storm became a popular subject. Images of storms were also used to promote good causes: commemorative books were published to raise money for the victims.
Mesdag too embraced the theme of storm. His paintings of the storm of 1894 are more realistic: he did not shrink from emphasising the ugliness he saw. This series of paintings is shown together for the first time in this exhibition.