City and village scenes, portraits, still lifes and landscapes. In the exhibition, in which the historical perspective plays a major role, it all comes up. A fact that not only evokes all kinds of emotions but also memories. “This painting of Piet Slager from 1933 makes the most impression on me ”, says Else van Helmond (74).
She points to a cozy living room scene in which a girl in a red dress is bent over an atlas. "I knew that girl, the painter's daughter, very well." She's talking about Suze Bergé-Slager, the initiator of the museum considered by some to be the 'ninth Slager' is called. “As a museum volunteer, I became friends with her and her husband Hein over the years. This has regularly resulted in special stories. Suze told me about the background of this painting. She had to exhibit for her father during a school vacation, while her peers were playing nicely. ”
Board member Ad van Poppel focuses, among other things, on a painting from 1961 depicting Huize Bleijendijk in Vught. A creation by Suze Slager-Velsen. “A while ago, Bleijendijk was for sale. I would have loved to have it, seriously! But from a financial point of view it was just a bit too much of a good thing, ”says Van Poppel.
The showpiece of the collection is the large painting Old Warriors of Waterloo. The versatile Petrus Marinus Slager, the ancestor of the Bossche painter family, realized it in 1875. On the 'Bossche Nachtwacht', the nickname of the canvas, we see eight royally decorated former soldiers. Sixty years earlier, on June 18, 1815, they took part in the decisive Battle of Napoleon.
One of them is Gerardus Jacobus Bechtold, the great great grandfather of Alexander Pechtold. But who of the eight? “Yes, unfortunately I can no longer ask: does the one and only Gerardus want to stand up now? Based on other family photos, I guess it must be someone with big sideburns. Then there are three candidates left. I hope the one who looks confidently ahead. Who knows, my ancestor may have seen Napoleon with those same eyes. Whether I am proud? Certainly, the Waterloo veterans were highly regarded. In fact, their struggle has contributed to contemporary peace and security ”, Pechtold responds, who can also be seen in the introductory video to the exhibition.