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Zé asked

Era careca ou rapava o cabelo ao meio?

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

Dear Zé, Thank you for your question. We don't think the woman was bald or had a shaved head. Her hairline probably starts a bit higher, and because of the way the hair is styled (forward on both sides), it might look a bit odd.


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Kruseman was the leading society painter of the Dutch Romantic period. The ladies he portrayed belonged to the rich classes who were able to follow the Parisian fashions. He painted their fashionable hairstyles, hats, shawls and accessories in minute detail. Though this seems almost mocking now, it certainly wasn't at the time.


Title Portrait of a Lady
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 16
Dimensions (general) Width : 78,7 cm
Height : 65,8 cm
Makers Painter: Jan Adam Kruseman
Accession number 1426 (OK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: H.W Twiss, P.M. Twiss-Martini Buys 1935
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1935
Age maker About 25 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Research Alma
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 Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jan Adam Kruseman

Haarlem 1804 - Haarlem 1862

Jan Adam Kruseman enrolled at the Drawing Academy when he was 15 years old and received lessons there from his cousin Cornelis Kruseman. Between 1822 and 1824, ..