Johan Thorn Prikker was a rebel, a moralist and a hard worker. That makes his multifaceted oeuvre surprising, but not always easy. It consists of paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, furniture, monumental wall paintings, mosaics and stained-glass windows.
In the Netherlands Thorn Prikker (1868-1932) is known as one of the most interesting Symbolist painters, with 'The Bride' as one of his best works. In Germany, where he lived after 1904, he is known as a designer of stained glass windows and spectacular mosaics. His celebrated design 'The Harbour Industry' (1918), intended for the City Hall in Rotterdam, dates from this later period. The acquisition of this large canvas in 1922 marked Museum Boymans’ beginnings as a museum of modern art.