Wall to wall van der Velden

Behind the scenes

Right now, visitors to the Gallery have an excellent opportunity to view three key paintings by Petrus van der Velden in the current Brought To Light hang, and all without even having to take a single step.

It's my favourite spot in the collection galleries – the doorway between the New Arrivals gallery and the Connoisseurs' Room. If I linger here I am rewarded with a remarkably rich view of three important paintings from key stages in van der Velden's career. Directly in front in the Colonial Room is the magnificent Mountain stream, Otira Gorge (1893); to the right, the early maritime painting The Leuvehaven, Rotterdam (1867) is to be viewed in the Connoisseurs' Room, and beyond that the massive Dutch Funeral sits imposingly on the far wall of the Storytellers exhibition space.

Mountain stream, Otira Gorge will be moving downstairs to form part of the Van der Velden: Otira exhibition in February, so this particular sweet spot has a limited life. I recommend trying it out.

The sweet spot, with all three van der Veldens in view.

The sweet spot, with all three van der Veldens in view.