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The Lady in Red

Rik Wouters (in 1912)

After 1910 Rik Wouters’s Impressionism became more and more pronounced in colour and form. In 1912, the year Wouters painted this picture, he and his wife visited Paris, where they saw work by such artists as Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse. Particularly Cézanne’scompositions had a major infuence on the colours and surfaces in Wouters’s paintings.

Following the Siege and Fall of Antwerp in October 1914, Wouters fled to Holland where he died in exile. This was a tragic end to a life full of promise; he had painted exuberant works inspired by Impressionism. His favourite subject was his wife Nel in their home. After 1911 he used more sombre colours and a tighter compositional structure.


Title The Lady in Red
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 06
Dimensions (general) Height : 100 cm
Width : 80 cm
Thickness : 2,1 cm
Makers Painter: Rik Wouters
Accession number St 85
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1949
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1949
Age maker About 30 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Material Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Belgium > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Rik Wouters

Mechelen 1882 - Amsterdam 1916