Museum de Reede has the works of a dozen artists from seven countries on three continents and spans five centuries from the 17th to the 21st. At the heart of the collection are some 150 works by three of the greatest engravers of all time. Three artists each target humans.

Fransisco Goya

Of Goya's work, there is the complete series of the 'Caprichos'; The series has the follies of man as its subject, not sparing the clergy either. The critical nature of the 'Caprichos' forced Goya to withdraw the series from the sale, fearing persecution by the Inquisition, which has already brought so many freethinkers here to the north.

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Edvard Munch

In 1885, the young twenty-something Edvard Munch stepped off the boat in Antwerp on his way to Paris. It was his very first foreign experience. It was the time of the World's Fair, where not only technical marvels were on display but also the work of the European avant-garde. Ten years later, he had focused heavily on graphic art. Many of his greatest works, lithographs, date from the years before the turn of the century

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Félicien Rops

Some 30 works by Félicien Rops span the breadth of his oeuvre. Beginning his career as an illustrator for the self-founded publication Uylenspiegel, Félicien Rops published artistic, political and social caricatures in lithography. Like Goya, Rops defended free speech and fought against the moral rigidity of the bourgeoisie and the clergy. He cherished his obscurity and did not want to be famous.

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