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Breitner was 25 when he painted this self-portrait in 1882. His mission was now clear to him, as he told his Rotterdam benefactor Van Stolk that year: to be ‘the painter of the people’. Even more to the point, he already was, ‘because I want to be’. He looks down on us with the same self-assurance - in his shirtsleeves and with a lit cigarette.
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
|Location||This object is travelling|
Height : 40 cm
Width : 30 cm
Thickness : 2 cm
Painter: George Hendrik Breitner
|Accession number||VdV 6|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972|
|Age maker||About 25 years old|
|Collector||Collector / Willem van der Vorm|
|Exhibitions|| The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
|External exhibitions|| Nederlanders in Parijs 1789-1914 (2017)
|Material||Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique|
|Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique|
|Object||Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object|
|Geographical origin||Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
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All about the maker
George Hendrik Breitner
Rotterdam 1857 - Amsterdam 1923
George Hendrik Breitner mainly became famous with his paintings of Amsterdam street life. He studied at various academies, including the Hague Academy, the Poly..