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The Earring

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  • Manja Baumgartner asked

    Is it possible to see this painting at the moment?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Manja, the painting is hanging in the storage room for paintings at the second floor. I am not sure that you will be able to see it through the window, nor that the rack will be pulled out during a Norman (free) guided tour. If you want to see it for sure, you can make an appointment for a private viewing (you can bring up to 5 people with you). In that case, the painting will be brought from the storage to the study room on the third floor. Since it takes some art handling, a fee of about € 175 will be due. If this is acceptable for you, please contact collectiebeheer@boijmans.nl. I hope this information is helpful. Kind regards, Els


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A slender woman stands before a mirror and puts on an earring. This is Breitner's favourite model: the young hat salesgirl Geesje Kwak. We se her from behind, but her concentrated expression can be seen in the mirror. She is wearing a blue kimono with a flower pattern. She wears a white sash around her waist. George Hendrik Breitner mainly painted scenes of everyday life in Amsterdam. He painted a large series of paintings of young women wearing kimonos, of which this is one. In the second half of the nineteenth century there was a growing interest in Japanese art in Europe. Japanese art objects were shown at the various Worlds Fairs and exhibitions of Japanese prints were organised. Artists such as Monet, Manet and Van Gogh were inspired by Japanese art. Around 1890 Breitner noted the titles of several books on Japanese art in his sketchbook. It seems he too was reading about Japanese art. It is in the same period that he made his paintings with young women in kimonos.

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Title The Earring
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width Error: 57,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Height Error: 84,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Painter: George Hendrik Breitner
Accession number St 95
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Gift Mr de Mochy and Erasmus Foundation, 1952
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1952
Creation date in 1893
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen (2024)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)
Breitner. Schilderbeest (2024)
Kinderen van de Haagse School (2023)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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George Hendrik Breitner

Rotterdam 1857 - Amsterdam 1923

George Hendrik Breitner mainly became famous with his paintings of Amsterdam street life. He studied at various academies, including the Hague Academy, the...

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