Salomon, Maurits and Elchanon Verveer were well-known, striking figures in the nineteenth-century art world of The Hague. Salomon was a gifted painter in the Dutch Romantic school and Maurits excelled chiefly as a portrait photographer, while Elchanon painted scenes of Dutch fishermen’s lives and produced pointed caricatures of his contemporaries.
Partly thanks to the growing emancipation of the Jews in the nineteenth century, the brothers were able to become the first successful professional Jewish artists in the Netherlands.
The Verveers were popular members of the artists’ societies Pulchri Studio in The Hague and Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. Salomon, in particular, was the life and soul of billiard evenings and costume balls. Like their four sisters, the brothers remained unmarried and childless. For most of their lives they lived under the same roof and shared a studio.
The exhibition is accompanied by the monograph De Gebroeders Verveer: Haagse meesters van de romantiek (in Dutch only), published by Walburg Press.