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Ary Scheffer Fund (Ary Schefferfonds)
Ary Scheffer (10 February 1795 - 15 June 1858), French painter of Dutch extraction, was born in Dordrecht.
Ary Scheffer Prize (de Ary Schefferprijs)
Mr. Marjolin decided that the interest on the amount bequeathed after the death of his wife, Cornelia, the daughter of Ary Scheffer, was to be used to benefit two goals. The first is buying paintings, the Association Dordrecht Museum receives an annual fee towards purchasing art for the museum. The second is to support young, talented, Dutch artists without financial means, preferably born in Dordrecht, in their their artistic development.
The association manages bequeathed amount, the under the name of Ary Scheffer Fund. Since the term "young" is relative, it is at this moment - now we intend to remain young as long - the age of forty years. Because of inflation the association now awards the scholarship every other year. Until the seventies of the twentieth century the grant was sufficient to study a year at an art school of ones choice - the Dutch graphic artist and sculptor, Cor van Gulik studied a year at the Antwerp Academy of fine Arts with his Scheffer Grant.
The Ary Scheffer Fund Committee invites artists to apply and submit their work. From the applicants they select three people whose work they like best. It presents the work of these three nominees in an exhibition and chooses the winner.
Art Acquisitions from the bequest of Ary Scheffer Fund
Directors and / or their representatives form the committee, which has the task of purchasing works of art for the benefit of the museum. In recent years various successive committees bought especially graphic art. The last year however, it bought a video installation by Frans van Lent, which is presented by the Dordrecht Museum.
To mark the centenary of the museum - on July 6, 1904 the art collection of the Association Dordrecht Museum was moved to the current building - there will be an exhibition of new acquisitions over the past years.