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In His Nature: Botanical Prints from the Collection of Dr. Marion C. Korstanje

Dr. Marion C. Korstanje (1930-2007) was a son of immigrants who came to the United States from the Netherlands to open a bulb and flower business in Sybene, Ohio. A distinguished ophthalmologist, Dr. Korstanje established his practice in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1961, and he served this community for more than 40 years. Dr. Korstanje was a renaissance man who spoke many languages and loved to read, travel, and experience nature. He was also a discerning art collector with an eye for Asian ceramics, natural history, and old master prints. A kind and generous man, Dr. Korstanje gave his time and energy to the Huntington Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees and enriched the Museum’s permanent collection with many gifts of art.

START | July 27, 2024

END | February 09, 2025

Image credit: Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede (Dutch, 1636-1691), Champacam, 1678-1693. Etching on paper. Gift of Dr. Marion C. Korstanje; 1996.19.124. Photo by John Spurlock.


In His Nature: Botanical Prints from the Collection of Dr. Marion C. Korstanje is co-curated with Josh Hamrick, Director of the C. Fred Edward’s Conservatory at the Huntington Museum of Art. From the prodigious collection of more than 250 artworks given to the Museum by the late Dr. Korstanje, 40 botanical prints have been thoughtfully selected for their aesthetic beauty and their contributions to greater scientific understanding of our world. Many of these illustrations relate to plant species found in the Conservatory or on the Museum’s hiking trails, thereby making connections between person and place, observation and perception, artmaking and scientific inquiry.

This exhibit is presented with support from the City of Huntington Mayor’s Council for the Arts.

This exhibit is presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
Header: Emil Carlsen (American, b. Denmark, 1853-1932), Detail of The Heavens Are Telling, ca. 1918. Oil on canvas. Gift of Ruth Woods Dayton, 1967.1.47. Photo by John Spurlock. This artwork is featured in The Daywood Collection: Paintings & Sculptures exhibit through February, 11, 2024.