When documentary filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk originally decided to follow art dealer Jan Six XI in his search for undiscovered Rembrandt paintings, she had no idea that during the next four years, Mr. Six would potentially discover two.
Nor could she anticipate that one of the most dramatic art buying tussles in recent history would take place before her camera’s lens, when the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris vied for ownership of a pair of full-length Rembrandt portraits.
The competition resulted in a rare and record-breaking $179 million) purchase from French banker Eric de Rothschild.
Such is the luck of the documentarian who lands on a timeless subject whose work still elicits strong responses from collectors, dealers, and museum professionals worldwide.
Hoogendijk’s 2014 documentary, “The New Rijksmuseum,” followed the decade-long renovation and expansion of the Dutch national museum.
Inspired by its collection of Rembrandt paintings—the largest in the world—she turned her focus to the artist himself.
Read the story at Artsy.
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