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Evelien de Visser, MA

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Evelien de Visser, MA
Curator Fine Arts from 1750 / Documentalist Mondrian Editon Project

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Jac. van Looy

Oranjefeest, 1890
Amsterdam, , inv./cat.nr. A 2909

Curriculum vitae and duties

Evelien de Visser (1988) is curator since 2017, she has worked as a documentalist for the Mondrian Edition Project since 2014 and her core tasks are tracking down Piet Mondrian letters, processing all the information relating to the project in RKD-Netherlands Institute for Art History databases and setting up the Piet Mondrian oeuvre digital catalogue. She graduated with distinction in 2012 from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen with a thesis on the evaluation history of the B.J. Blommers oeuvre. During her study she did an internship at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, the Van Gogh Museum/De Mesdag Collection and the RKD. At the RKD she researched and reconstructed the private collection of the husband and wife Hendrik Willem Mesdag and Sientje Mesdag-van Houten, which resulted in many publications. In 2015 she started a research, with the assistance of the Van Gogh Museum Research Grant, into the Dutch collectors of contemporary art from the second half of the nineteenth century. The aim of the research is to describe the role of collectors in the art circuit. The principle questions are what where their motives were for composing their particular collections and how did they relate to the nineteenth century art trade and artists. She is also board member of the Paul Tetar van Elven Museum in Delft, situated in the former home of the artist.

Publications (selection) 

- Mesdags uit de familie: werken uit familiebezit, Den Haag 2015 (met S. Veldink)
- ‘De verspreiding van de privécollectie van het echtpaar Mesdag’ in: M. Jonkman, M. van Dijk en R. Suijver (red.), Hendrik Willem Mesdag: kunstenaar, verzamelaar, entrepreneur, Bussum 2015, p. 100-109.
- ‘Zoo kunstenaar, zoo woning’. De geschiedenis van het voormalige woonhuis van het echtpaar Mesdag (1869-2016), Jaarboek Die Haghe 2016, p. 39-63.
- ‘Zonnige strandtaferelen en huiselijke interieurs: het oeuvre van B.J. Blommers’, in: tent.cat. B.J. Blommers (1845-1914): De zonnige Haagse School, Zwolle (Katwijks Museum) 2016, p. 56-93.
-‘Gelukwensen voor een pater familias: een kamerscherm als verjaardagscadeau voor Samuel van Houten’, Gen, magazine voor familiegeschiedenis 1 (maart 2017), p. 66-72.