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During his stay in Paris, Maris became a pupil of Ernest Hébert, who enjoyed considerable success with genre works. In these, he depicted life in the Roman ‘campagna’ and gave them titles such as ‘The girls of Alvito’ or ‘Rosa Nera at the fountain’. Jacob Maris started painting ‘Italian-like’ on commission from the Parisian art dealer Goupil; the works were given titles such as ‘Italian girl at a spring’, ‘Italian girl on a terrace’ or ‘Two Italian girls in a corn field’. This small oil sketch appears to be a preliminary sketch for a larger painting which hung in the Municipal Museum in The Hague between 1931 and 1971. This work was exhibited at the Maris exhibition in 1935 under the title ‘Young woman in Neapolitan costume’; the final version is dated 1866. The sketch must be from around the same year.


Title Italian girl
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 14
Dimensions (general) Width : 28,5 cm
Height : 19 cm
Makers Painter: Jacob Maris
Accession number VdV 46
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Age maker About 29 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Material Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Panel > Worked wood > Wood > 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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Jacob Maris

Den Haag 1837 - Karlsbad 1899