The Dutch are renowned for producing a wide variety of high quality products. Their success has been attributed to the nation’s diverse creativity, superior craftsmanship and age-old heritage.
The talent of the Netherlands was exceptional during the 16th, 17th and 19th centuries thanks to several extremely skilled Dutch painters - Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals. The masterpieces they created still inspire and continue to bring enjoyment today.
It is this inspiration that led us to produce a premium range of four carefully selected matured Dutch cheeses known as A Dutch Masterpiece. While creating the range, our goal was the same as that of the famous Dutch painters all those years ago – to create something so exquisite that it gives pleasure across the world.
Each cheese in the range is made from the best milk of our dairy farmers and has its own unique recipe and ripening process. This results in a distinctive and refined texture, taste and flavor. The Dutch Masterpiece family has won many international awards, with both the Rembrandt (2004) and the Vermeer (2012) voted best cheese in the world at the World Championship Cheese Contest in the USA.
We continue to produce our cheese in a classic, traditional Dutch way, yet use state of the art production facilities to guarantee the best quality. We want to ensure that every Dutch Masterpiece cheese delivers a taste experience like no other.
Discover different tastes; explore the master in you.
Rembrandt van Rijn, a Dutch painter, and etcher, was widely recognized as one of the greatest painters of all time.
His use of light and shade was unique and his dramatic, lively style contrasted with the rigid formality of many of his contemporaries.
The ‘Night Watch,’ his largest and most notable work, was completed at the peak of the Dutch golden age in 1642. This painting depicts a group portrait of a division of the civic guard and actually has another title: ‘The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch.’
To see some of Rembrandt’s work visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam www.rijksmuseum.nl
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter and is perhaps the world’s most famous artist.
Although not widely appreciated during his lifetime, he is now considered an icon and some of his paintings are amongst the world’s best-known works of art.
In 1888, he painted his now-famous series of ‘Sunflowers.’ The paintings of fourteen flowers in all stages of life – from fully in bloom to withering – are famed for their great vitality and brilliant colors.
For more information and to see pieces from Van Gogh visit the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam www.vangoghmuseum.nl
Frans Hals was the leading painter in seventeenth-century Haarlem, a major Dutch city.
Although Frans Hals painted some scenes of daily life, he is best known for his portraits of wealthy citizens. His work demonstrated a rare intuition and ability to seize a fleeting moment in the life of his subjects.
One of his most famous paintings is a large group portrait of the civic guards.
Frans Hals was commissioned to paint ‘The company of Captain Reinier Reael Lieutenant Cornelis Michielsz Blaeuw,’ also known as ‘The Meagre Company’ in 1633.
To see Frans Hals’ paintings you can visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam or The Frans Hals museum in Haarlem www.franshalsmuseum.nl
Johannes Vermeer is one of the most celebrated Dutch baroque painters of the seventeenth century. He is best known for his ability to create captivating portraits depicting subjects engaged in everyday activities.
In 1658 Vermeer painted one of his most famous scenes, ‘The Milkmaid.’ The still life conveys the domestic simplicity of a woman pouring milk into a bowl.
The fascinating play of light and shadow in this painting creates an intensely intimate atmosphere.
You can see Vermeer’s work at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam www.rijksmuseum.nl