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Portrait of a Lady

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  • Amira Ashry asked

    I want to know more about the dress and hairstyle of this painting

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Amira, the lady is dressed in the latest fashion from Paris. For more in depth information, maybe these publications could be helpful: Adriaans, H. De kleding en accessoires op de vrouwenportretten van Kruseman, Jan Adam Kruseman, 2002; Adriaans, H. (2007) "De armbanden van 1826", Kostuum, Jaarboek van de Nederlandse vereniging voor kostuum, kant, mode en streekdracht, pp 21-36; Renting, A.D. (red.) Jan Adam Kruseman 1804-1862 (cat. tent. Paleis ‘t Loo, Apeldoorn 2002) Nijmegen, 2002

  • Perian asked

    What's happening with the headpiece? Crazy hairstyles were popular in that period, as were large beribboned headpieces, but I've seen very similar styles in other works by Kruseman and a friend suggests it's an adaptation of a traditional Bavarian costume piece. Is this true, or is it just that many ladies of the period all adopted big pink and white ribbon headpieces?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Perian,

    What an interesting idea. Kruseman is admired by his peers because of his ability to convey colorful fabrics very realistically. The women he paints are part of the fortunate class that can follow the newest developments of Parisian fashion. As the society painter that Kruseman is, he painted their fashionable hair, hats and accessories in full detail. Thus it is likely that this is an adoption of a fashionable hairstyle, a perfect way for Kruseman to show what he can do.

    Kind regards,

  • 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.

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Title Portrait of a Lady
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 78,7 cm
Width 65,8 cm
Artists Painter: Jan Adam Kruseman
Accession number 1426 (OK)
Credits Gift H.W Twiss, P.M. Twiss-Martini Buys, 1935
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1935
Creation date in 1829
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions (H)erkennen Herbouwen. Wonderkamers van het Rotterdams koloniale verleden. (2023)
Research Show research Alma
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,...

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