Saturday, August 27, 2011

Breitner, George Hendrik

Girl in a White Kimono
Oil on canvas
59 cm × 57 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

George Hendrik Breitner (1857–1923).
Dutch painter and photographer.
He introduced a realism to the Netherlands that created shock waves similar to that of Courbet and Manet's in France.
He used photography for general reference, to capture an atmosphere, a light effect or the weather in the city at a particular moment.
He is remembered in a Dutch figure of speech: when the streets are grey and rainy, people of Amsterdam whisper grimly "Echt Breitnerweer" (Typical Breitnerweather).