George Hendrik Breitner
"Resting girl on a sofa"
GEORGE HENDRIK BREITNER
Rotterdam 1857-1923 Amsterdam
RESTING GIRL ON A SOFA
Oil on canvas,
52 x 65 cm.
Signed: lower right 'G.H. Breitner'
Provenance: Kunsthandel E.J. van Wisselingh & Co, Amsterdam, inv.no. S2786, as: Meisje op divan; Mr. H.G. Samson, Amsterdam; Sale Frederik Muller, Amsterdam, 28 April 1896, lot 2; Mr. K. Groesbeek, Amsterdam; Mr. J.L. Swaters, Julianadorp.
Literature: A. Pit a.o., George Hendrik Breitner, Indrukken en biografische aantekeningen van A. Pit, W. Steenhoff, Dr. J. Veth en Prof. Dr. W. Vogelsang [...], Amsterdam 1904-1908, p. 37, ill., as: Rust.
Exhibited: The Hague (Pulchri Studio), October 1896, cat.no 35.
Amsterdam (Arti & Amicitiae), 1901-1902, cat.no. 75; The Hague, (Gemeentemuseum), Breitner, November 10 - December 9 1928, cat.no. 88, as: Rust; Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum), Breitner, June 10 – August 1st 1933, cat.no. 81, as: Meisje op de sofa; Amsterdam (Kunsthandel E.J. van Wisselingh & Co), Schilderijen en aquarellen door G.H. Breitner, Aquarellen door J. Bosboom, March 25 - May 4 1946, cat.no. 9, as: Meisje op Divan; Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum), Breitner en Amsterdam, October-November 1947, cat.no. 44, as: Vrouw op divan; The Hague (Gemeentemuseum), G.H. Breitner, December 23 1947 - January 19 1948, cat.no. 27, as: Vrouw op divan.
George Hendrik Breitner this year is being honoured with an exhibition in the Rijksmuseum of his girls in Japanese kimono’s he made between 1893 and 1896. This painting also shows a young girl: Breitner painted her while she is resting – probably from posing – on a sofa in his studio. The dark colours and the strong stroke of his brush are typical for Breitners paintings: he dared to leave things to imagination. Breitner was initially influenced by the painters of The Hague School. He preferably choose his models from the lower class: workers, maids etc. He considered himself ‘painter of the people’. When he moved to Amsterdam in 1886, he captured the city life in sketches, paintings and photographs.