About the collection

The Katrin Bellinger Collection

Katrin Bellinger began collecting in 1985 in parallel to her career as a dealer in Old Master drawings. Fascinated with the artistic process and the mystique surrounding it, she chose to focus on one theme: the artist at work. Since then the collection has expanded considerably and now includes over 1800 examples in a range of media – drawings, paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture – from the Renaissance to the present day. Among the artists represented are Marie-Gabrielle Capet, Honoré Daumier, James Ensor, Lucian Freud, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Angelica Kauffman, Käthe Kollwitz, Parmigianino, Rembrandt, Philipp Otto Runge, Georges Seurat, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Antoine Watteau. The collection is administered by the Tavolozza Foundation. To see more works on the theme of the artist at work, follow @the.artists.at.work on Instagram.



For information on specific works in the Katrin Bellinger collection, please e-mail [email protected]



The Katrin Bellinger Collection lends works regularly to exhibitions held at museums and galleries world-wide.

Current & forthcoming

Now You See Us: Women Artists in Britain 1520–1920

Tate Britain, London  16 May — 13 October 2024

Charmaine Watkiss, Legacy

Lakeland Arts, Abbot Hall, Kirkland, Kendal  4 July 2024 — 31 January 2025

Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800

Baltimore Museum of Art  1 October 2023 — 7 January 2024
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto  30 March — 1 July 2024

“For centuries, women artists in Europe were considered rare and less talented than their male counterparts. Women who achieved professional artistic careers were deemed anomalous or exceptional, while those who engaged in creative pursuits in the home were dismissed as amateurs, and their works were categorized as material culture rather than art.”

This much anticipated exhibition – which will include several significant loans from the Katrin Bellinger Collection – aims to correct these broadly held but mistaken beliefs through more than 200 works of diverse media and scale.

Read more: https://artbma.org/exhibition/making-her-mark-a-history-of-women-artists-in-europe-1400-1800/


Connecting Worlds: Artists & Travel

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett  8 July — 8 October 2023

Artists and travel have for centuries been intertwined where the desire to explore beyond the confines of one’s home has provoked a truly astonishing outpouring of creativity, much of which was captured through drawings and prints. Comprising over 120 such works, Connecting Worlds. Artists & Travel will be the first exhibition to approach the subject through the lens of artists’ experiences of travel from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. Read more: https://kupferstich-kabinett.skd.museum/en/exhibitions/connecting-worlds-artists-travel/

»PARIS IS MY LIBRARY« Drawings and Prints by Félicien Rops

Hamburger Kunsthalle  10 February — 7 May 2023

Held in the Harzen-Kabinett of the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the exhibition will for the first time present up to one hundred sheets from the extensive collection of prints and drawings by the artist. Read more: www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de/en/exhibitions/paris-my-library

Reframed: The Woman in the Window

Dulwich Picture Gallery  4 May — 4 September 2022

Absent Artists

Charleston, East Sussex  2 April — 29 August 2022

Curated by Langlands & Bell.

Read more: https://www.charleston.org.uk/exhibition/absent-artists/

A Century of the Artist’s Studio 1920 – 2020

Whitechapel Gallery, London  24 February — 5 June 2022

The Human Touch: Making Art, Leaving Traces

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge  18 May — 1 August 2021

Lisa Brice

GEM Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague  21 November 2020 — 5 April 2021

Close: Drawn Portraits

Drawing Room, London  22 November 2018 — 3 February 2019

Canaletto e Venezia

Palazzo Ducale, Venice  23 February — 9 June 2019

Artists at Work

The Courtauld Gallery, London  3 May — 15 July 2018

Eblouissante Venise! Venise, les arts et l’Europe au XVIIIe siècle

Grand Palais, Paris  26 September 2018 — 21 January 2019

Jean-Jacques Karpff – “Visez au Sublime”

Musée Unter Linden, Colmar  3 March — 3 July 2017

Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant – Drawings from New York Collections

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York  6 October 2016 — 8 January 2017

Émile Friant, le dernier naturaliste?

Musée des beaux-arts de Nancy  4 November 2016 — 27 February 2017

Drawings by Antoine Watteau

The Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main  19 October 2016 — 15 January 2017
The Teylers Museum, Haarlem  1 February 2017 — 14 May 2016

Hubert Robert 1733-1808

Musée du Louvre  7 March — 30 May 2016
National Gallery of Washington  26 June — 2 October 2016

The Painting Room: Artists at work in the eighteenth century

Gainsborough's House, Suffolk  24 October 2015 — 21 February 2016

Drawn from the Antique: Artists & the Classical Ideal

Sir John Soane’s Museum, London  25 June — 26 September 2015
Teylers Museum, Haarlem  11 March — 31 May 2015

Further information www.soane.org

Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish

Musée Bourdelle, Paris  31 March — 12 July 2015
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge  4 October 2014 — 25 January 2015

In the Studio

The Gagosian Gallery, New York  5 February — 18 April 2015

Futher information www.gagosian.com/

The Invention of the Past: Tales of Heart and Sword in Europe 1802-1850

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon  19 April — 21 July 2014

Caspar Berger Singer Prijs 2013

Stichting Singer Memorial Foundation, Laren  2 June — 7 July 2013

Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay

Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh  6 October 2012 — 6 January 2013
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach  29 January — 23 April 2013

Petrus van Schendel (1806-1870): een leven tussen licht en donker

Breda Museum, The Netherlands  10 November 2012 — 17 February 2013
Museum Villa Vauban, Luxemburg  9 March — 16 June 2013

Antoine Watteau (1684-1721) La Leçon de musique

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels  7 February — 26 May 2013

Cornelis Bega: Eleganz und raue Sitten

Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen  15 March — 10 June 2012
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie  29 June — 30 September 2012

Jean de Jullienne: Collector & Connoisseur

The Wallace Collection, London  12 March — 1 June 2011

The Artist’s Studio

Compton Verney  26 September — 13 December 2009
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich  9 February — 16 May 2010

Mythen van het atelier [Studio Myths]

Teylers Museum, Haarlem  18 September 2010 — 9 January 2009
Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen  4 February — 8 May 2011

The Collection

Special Exhibition: 'Connecting Worlds: Artists & Travel' in Dresden, 8 July – 8 October 2023

Artists and travel have for centuries been intertwined where the desire to explore beyond the confines of one’s home has provoked a truly astonishing outpouring of creativity, much of which was captured through drawings and prints.

Comprising over 120 such works, Connecting Worlds. Artists & Travel (Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, 8 July – 8 October 2023)  will be the first exhibition to approach the subject through the lens of artists’ experiences of travel from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. Select works by contemporary artists, including a piece by Langlands & Bell, offer further inspiring perspectives on the topic of travel and connectivity. The exhibition is comprised of three sections “On the road”, “Destination Rome”, and “Dresden”.

This international exhibition project is a collaboration between the Kupferstich-Kabinett and the Katrin Bellinger Collection, London, and is made possible by the complementary strengths of the two collections: the Kupferstich-Kabinett, with its extensive holdings on the themes of travel and science in the early modern period, and the Katrin Bellinger Collection, with its focus on representations of artists engaged in the creative process. The project is supplemented by prominent loans from national and international collections.

Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue in English published by Paul Holberton, London.

The Collection

Special Exhibition: 'Absent Artists' at Charleston, 2 April – 29 August 2022

What do the rooms we inhabit say about us? Can they speak on our behalf after we’ve gone? And what happens when these private worlds are consciously captured by the inhabitant and displayed for others to see?

Curated by Langlands & Bell, ‘Absent Artists’ explored artists’ studios in which the artists themselves are conspicuously absent. Drawing primarily from the Katrin Bellinger Collection, the exhibition included works by Phyllida Barlow, Annie Leibovitz, David Hockney, Michael Craig-Martin, William Hogarth and James Ensor in a range of different mediums including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and print.

The exhibition drew parallels with Charleston, a private space which has been turned public in the absence of the artists who created it. It also considered the duality of Charleston as both a home and a canvas for artistic experimentation, with the works on show similarly blurring the line between life and art.

The Collection

Special Exhibition: 'Artists at Work' at The Courtauld Gallery, London 3 May – 15 July 2018

This trans-historical exhibition of drawings was devoted to the subject of the artist at work. Drawn principally from the Katrin Bellinger Collection, the display focused on depictions of artists’ studios, symbolic, actual and religious as well as depictions of self or others at work. Art historians have interpreted these themes variously as the means of elevating the social and economic status of artists; of illustrating the marriage of intellectual knowledge and practical skill proposed by academic theorists, or as sophisticated allegories of the philosophical significance of visual art. Even at the most pragmatic level of recording the clutter of the everyday studio, drawing human models or antique casts in an academy, or small figures sketching in landscape, works with these subjects are imbued with layers of meaning. This focused exhibition, spanning from the 16th to the 20th centuries, explored this rich subject matter through a carefully selected group of graphic works.

This exhibition was curated by Deanna Petherbridge, author of The Primacy of Drawing, in collaboration with Anita Sganzerla.

To read further press related to the exhibition visit our Press page.

The Collection

Special Exhibition: 'Drawn from the Antique: Artists & the Classical Ideal' at Teylers Museum, Haarlem and Sir John Soane's Museum, London

This two-venue exhibition explored the role of antique sculpture in artistic education and practice from the Renaissance through to the nineteenth century. It featured thirty-four drawings, paintings and prints from all periods and many national schools, selected from sources that include the Katrin Bellinger Collection, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Teylers Museum, the Kunsthaus, Zurich, the Kunstbibliothek, Berlin, the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Courtauld Gallery.

Among the themes addressed by the exhibition were the formal role of the Antique in the academic curriculum, the importance of the study of antique sculpture in educating young artists with the classical ideal, and the more intimate role played by incorporating antique sculpture within portraiture and artists’ self-portraiture. The exhibition included many celebrated images by Federico Zuccaro, Hendrick Goltzius, Michael Sweerts, Charles-Joseph Natoire and Henry Fuseli, as well as little-known and in some cases unpublished works by Peter Paul Rubens, Philippe Joseph Tassaert, Hubert Robert, William Chambers, Joseph Mallord William Turner and William Daniels.

The exhibition was accompanied by a substantial catalogue which provides an overview of this multifaceted subject in a series of synoptic essays, and which also presents new scholarship about many of the works on display. The exhibition and publication were co-curated and edited by Dr. Adriano Aymonino and Dr. Anne Varick Lauder.

To read further press related to the exhibition visit our Press page.