About the Museum
The Mesdag Collection is home to the extraordinary collection of 19th-century art assembled by renowned seascape painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sientje Mesdag-van Houten. In the second half of the 19th century, this artistic couple from The Hague assembled an impressive collection of paintings, drawings and applied arts. Mesdag himself was a celebrated Hague School artist. He was extremely fond of studies and sketch-like paintings in which the individual style of the artist in question shone through. Mesdag also had a keen eye for quality and craftsmanship, as is clearly evident in his collection of Japanese decorative art and ceramics by Theodoor Colenbrander. The Mesdag Collection is primarily renowned for its remarkable collection of masterpieces from the French Barbizon School (it houses one of the largest and most significant collections in the world), alongside its impressive collection of Hague School paintings, watercolors and drawings.
(Photo: Courtesy of the Mesdag Collection)