Hendrik Jan Haverman (1857-1928) belonged to the group of Dutch artists known as the' Tachtigers', meaning the 'Eighties', because these artists started their careers around the eighties of the nineteenth century. They were also called the 'Impressionists of Amsterdam'. Together with his collegues Jan Toorop, George Breitner and Isaac Israels Hendrik Haverman was one of the leading figures of this movement.
Oil on canvas, signed. Label at the backside ‘Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’.
The painting was bought in 1907 by the Vereeniging tot het vormen van een Openbare Verzameling van Hedendaagsche Kunst te Amsterdam’ (Association to form a Public Collection of Contemporary Art in Amsterdam) from the auction of the Fine Arts Academy Fund, created in memory of (professor) August Allebé.
As the Association did not have a storage space (but a good relation with the Stedelijk Museum), the work has been stored in the museum depot for many years. But at a certain time the Association decided to dispose the work again, which resulted in selling this painting at the auctionhouse of Frederik Muller in April 1956.
Hendrik Haverman was a Dutch painter. He studied a t the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten at Amsterdam but as well he studied at the art academies of Brussels and Antwerp. He was a pupil of August Allebé and Hendrik Valkenburg. He made portraits, city and landscapes.
Besides his works as an artist he wrote for the Dutch magazine De Gids.