Pulchri Studio (Latin:"For the study of beauty") is an important art institution and art studio based in The Hague, Netherlands. It began in 1847 at the home of painter Lambertus Hardenberg, established with the help of Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch, Jan Weissenbruch, Willem Roelofs, Jan Frederik van Deventer, Willem Antonie van Deventer, Jacob Jan van der Maaten and F.H. Michael. Bart van Hove became the first president.
The city of Hague with its surroundings and the coastal landscape of the North Sea at Scheveningen became attractive for young painters. Growing discontent among the young artists in The Hague about the apparently insufficient opportunities for training and development was the reason for establishing Pulchri Studio. They wanted to provide an outlet for art intellectuals to model their work and to exchange thoughts and opinions. It became interesing for collectors and the art traide, too. There was contact to the citizens of The Hague. This location became the centre of the later Hague School, which stands for the Impressionism of the Netherlands.
The growing membership prompted the organizers to gradually expand and in 1901 it was moved to the building on the Lange Voorhout 15.
In 2004, a number of works from Pulchri were stolen, later recovered in 2007.
Prominent early members were Louis Apol, Gerard Bilders, Bernard Blommers, Johannes Bosboom, George Hendrik Breitner, Johannes Josephus Destrée, Paul Gabriël, Bartholomeus van Hove, Jozef Israëls, Jan Diederikus Kruseman, Jacob Maris, Willem Maris, Anton Mauve, Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Taco Mesdag, Sina van Houten, Anthon van Rappard, Willem Roelofs, Julius van de Sande Bakhuyzen, Andreas Schelfhout, Hendrik Jacobus Scholten, Pieter Stortenbeker, Jan Weissenbruch, and Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch.
Some more recent notable members from the twentieth century:
- Sillevis, John (1993). Dutch Drawings from the Age of Van Gogh: From the Collection of the Haags Gemeentemuseum. Premier Book Marketing Ltd. p. 11. ISBN 0-915577-24-0.
- Cirque de Pepin. "H.M.S. is back". OKT 2007. Cirque.nl. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- Pulchri Studio Official Website