Hein A.M. Klaver Kunsthandel Baarn
Alley with women and a playing child, Rotterdam
George Hendrik Breitner
Oil on panel,
38,5 x 26,5 cm, signed lower right
Collection D. Hudig, Amsterdam
Van Voorst van Beest, Den Haag 1990
Private Dutch collection
Jan Veth 1908, page 187
P.H. Hefting, 'Breitner in zijn Haagse tijd' 1970, page 41, nr. 21 and page 161, nr. 7
Arti Amsterdam 1901, nr. 36
Panorama Mesdag, Magisch Panorama 1996
This early painting by Breitner from around 1878 is the first step towards the impressionism of his later Amsterdam work.
Breiter's paintings are becoming freer and looser in a virtuoso way of painting, or rather larger and firmer in shape.
As a boy, George Breitner wants to become a history painter. On the advice of the Rotterdam painter Charles Rochussen, he went to the Academy in The Hague in 1876. Already a year later he obtained his secondary deed of drawing.
His emotional and easily inflammable character ensures that he is removed from the Academy in 1880. Breitner's originality is mainly expressed in the loose way of applying paint and in the unconventional compositions.
In 1882 he meets Vincent van Gogh, with whom he regularly goes outside to draw. In 1884 he took intensive classes in Paris. His influence on fellow generation is large, especially on Isaac Israels. He shares his passion for photography with Willem Witsen. Breitner uses his photos as a preliminary study for his paintings. Breitner takes up the theme of "neighborhoods and streets" again in The Hague, Delft, Rotterdam and Schiedam. In the same time, his impressive cityscapes of Amsterdam arise.
At the end of his life, his friends set up a fund for him, until his death in 1923. To them, Breitner is the great example of boundless courage and surrender to art.