Museum De Buitenplaats – Michael Reynolds: An Englishman Abroad

Since its opening in 1996, the museum has established itself as one of the most renowned collectors of figurative art in the Netherlands. The vast collection includes paintings by Matthijs Röling, Wout Muller, Pieter Pander, Clara Mastenbroek, Diederik Kraaijpoel and Michael Reynolds.

Michael Reynolds

Michael Reynolds was a painter who had a remarkably intense ability to visualize both landscapes and people. Aiming to record the visible and tangible world in his paintings, he had become an established artist by the early nineties. Reynolds admired the artistry of  Manet and Degas and was strongly opposed against modernism and abstraction. The prevailing views of the Young British Artists, e.g., Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, he regarded as vulgar and irreverent. He was determined to counteract this tendency by producing truthful work on small-sized canvases, making them accessible to all.

Michael Reynolds’ oeuvre

Reynolds’ work is characterized by a graceful handwriting and fine colour range in a figurative imagery, with much attention for the expression of the texture of materials and for emotion. Landscapes, still lifes, portraits and interiors were Reynolds’ favourite subjects and once in a while these genres converge in one and the same painting. Examples are a study for an interior with a nude, and with a wall-mounted landscape painting in the background, or a still life with apple, which is in fact a model study and at the same time a still life with oranges.


After the death of Michael Reynolds in 2008, the Museum De Buitenplaats received a sizeable donation from the Fillip Foundation. It was Reynolds’ wish to present his work to a wide public and allocate his oeuvre among the countries where he preferred to stay. The Fillip Foundation executed this last wish accordingly, dividing his works among collections in the UK, Italy and the Netherlands. The Museum De Buitenplaats was assigned to bear the responsibility for the Dutch share of this donation.

Due to success the solo exhibition ‘Michael Reynolds. An Englishman Abroad’ is prolonged till the 1st of October 2017!




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