Ronald de Leeuw Research Grant

As a farewell to Ronald de Leeuw as general director of the Rijksmuseum in 2008, the Van Gogh Museum has inaugurated the Ronald de Leeuw Research Grant. The research grant is worth € 5,000.- and will be awarded to a talented researcher.

The grant is intended as a lasting tribute to Ronald de Leeuw's achievements as director of the Van Gogh Museum (1986-1996). During his time as director De Leeuw promoted the importance of research into 19th-century West European art history.

The Van Gogh Museum will each year offer a talented researcher the opportunity to conduct research into a subject pertaining to the museum's field of collecting. This grant will offer the researcher the opportunity to adapt for publication their dissertation on a subject in the field of West European art history 1830-1914, to write a PhD research proposal or to undertake a field trip.

Grants awarded
The first grant was awarded to Philippa Kaina. She proposed to make a trip to Paris to research primary materials relating to the posthumous atelier sales of Edgar Degas.

The second grant was awarded to Helewise Berger. She proposed to develop a research plan for a (doctoral) research into the mondaine life. The depiction of entertainment and recreation, 1870-1914. The central question is how the phenomenon of the mondaine life in art (in The Netherlands) has risen, and how it developed.

The third grant was awarded to Sara Tas. She proposed to write an essay about The Musée du Luxembourg as a museum for contemporary art in the 19th century. The essay will focus on the political role of this institution and the importance of the museum for the artists and their artistic training.

The fourth grant was awarded to Wendy van Lith. She proposed to write an essay about the society portrait in the Netherlands between 1870 and 1905. The essay will compare portrait painting in the Netherlands in the late 19th century to the Dutch 17th-century tradition and, in addition, place Dutch portrait painting in an international context (London, Paris, Munich).

Talented researchers can apply, preferably on the recommendation of their lecturer(s) and on condition that they finished their masters (no longer than three years ago).

Applications should be made in writing by 1 March 2014 at the latest to:

Van Gogh Museum
Frédérique Haanen
PO Box 75366
1070 AJ Amsterdam

A selection committee will judge the (research) proposal on its suitability. The research grant will be awarded on 1 May 2014. The resultant work must be communicated to the Van Gogh Museum before 1 October 2014.

The application must be accompanied by a written motivation (max 1,500 words), a curriculum vitae (including list of publications), a copy of the applicant's dissertation and a reference.

If you have any further questions, please contact Frédérique Haanen via

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