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Portrait of Johanna Martina Berendes-Schmidt

Matthijs Maris (in c. 1852-1855)

This portrait was in all probability commissioned by Arie Berendes, a smith living in The Hague. He had asked the up and coming artist Matthijs Maris to produce portraits of him and his wife. In 1916, a year before his death, Matthijs Maris wrote to H.S.J. Maas, the Dutch consul in London: ‘... at that time a Dutchman lived in The Hague by the name of Barends, who played the oboe in the French Opera, and he must have asked me to commit his mug to canvas...’ The portrait of the smith has not been traced, but the portrait of his wife gives us a peek into the first steps in a long and remarkable painting career. The work must date from the years between 1852 and 1855. Johanna Martina Berendes-Schmidt was born in 1793 in The Hague. She died there in 1868.


Title Portrait of Johanna Martina Berendes-Schmidt
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 14
Dimensions (general) Height : 18,5 cm
Width : 15,5 cm
Makers Painter: Matthijs Maris
Accession number VdV 47
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Age maker Between 13 and 16 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Material Panel > Worked wood > Wood > 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 Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Matthijs Maris

Den Haag 1839 - Londen 1917