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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|
|Location||This object is on view in room 14|
Height : 18,5 cm
Width : 15,5 cm
Painter: Matthijs Maris
|Accession number||VdV 47|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972|
|Age maker||Between 13 and 16 years old|
|Collector||Collector / Willem van der Vorm|
|Exhibitions|| De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
|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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Den Haag 1839 - Londen 1917