'Twee waspitten' by George Hendrik Breitner
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George Hendrik Breitner

'Twee waspitten' 1890

CanvasPaintOil paint
59 ⨯ 46 cm
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About the artwork

circa 1890
Oil on canvas
59 x 46 cm.
Signed lower right

Provenance: Collection H. Loeber, Laren, the Netherlands
Exhibited: Breitner in het Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 1938, nr. 132

About the Artist

George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) was born in Rotterdam. In 1876, he enrolled at the academy in The Hague. Later, he worked at Willem Maris's studio. In this early period he was especially influenced by the painters of the Hague School. Breitner preferred working-class models: labourers, servant girls and people from lower-class neighbourhoods. He saw himself as 'le peintre du peuple', the people's painter. In 1886, he moved to Amsterdam, where he recorded the life of the city in sketches, paintings and photos. Sometimes he made several pictures of the same subject, from different angles or in different weather conditions. Photos might serve as an example for a painting, as for his portraits of girls in kimonos, or as general reference material. Breitner often collaborated with Isaac Israels; both painters are referred to as Amsterdam Impressionists. Conservative critics called Breitner's style 'unfinished'.