Original: oil on canvas 57 x 59 cm bxh
Girl in White Kimono by George Hendrik Breitner
The painting Girl in white kimono shows the frail sixteen-year-old hat-seller from the Jordaan, Geesje Kwak. In the painting, Geesje is lying relaxed, but also somewhat artificially, on a divan. Around her are oriental-tinted interior pieces, which radiate a certain tranquillity. George Hendrik Breitner depicted her somewhat one-dimensionally, with her head to the left. The composition differs from Breitner's rougher work from the preceding and following years and is painted in a form-fitting style, just like the rest of his kimono paintings. The works are more intimate and less moving.
Geesje Kwak is painted as a kimono girl twelve times by Breitner. There is also a painting called Girl in red kimono, in which Geesje is lying in an almost identical pose. There is also a version in which Geesje is sitting in front of a mirror and one in which she is stretched out on a divan. The kimono paintings are mostly based on self-made photos.
A MASTERPIECE BY BREITNER
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