George Hendrik Breitner artwork • painting • previously for sale At the blacksmith's
George Hendrik Breitner
Rotterdam 1857-1923 Amsterdam
At the blacksmith's
oil on canvas 50.0 x 75.4 cm, signed l.r. and dated '87
This painting was previously for sale.
Provenance: Kunsthandel Frans Buffa & Zonen, Amsterdam; veiling Van Marle & Bignell, Den Haag, 9 nov. 1943, lotnr. 11; Simonis & Buunk Kunsthandel, Ede, 1995; part. coll. Nederland.
Literature: A.M. Hammacher, 'Amsterdamsche impressionisten en hun kring', Amsterdam 1941, afb. 32, pag. 113, nr. 32a; P.H. Hefting, 'G.H. Breitner in zijn Haagse tijd', Utrecht 1970, cat.nr. 35 (met afb.); A. Venema, 'G.H. Breitner, 1857-1923', Bussum 1981, afb. pag. 107, pag. 324, nr. 34; Helewise Berger, 'Van Gogh en Breitner in Den Haag' (masterthesis), Utrecht 2009, pag. 61-62 (met afb.); Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, Nienke Bakker (red.), 'Vincent van Gogh - De brieven', Deel II: Den Haag, 1881-1883, pag. 384 (met afb.).
G.H. Breitner is an important impressionist painter of Amsterdam’s city views, setting down the street life onto canvas with bold, sweeping brushstrokes. He settled in the capital in 1886. Breitner also painted figures, nudes and military subjects – he was fascinated by horses and their riders. He etched as well but was a major Impressionist chiefly in his watercolours.
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