George Hendrik Breitner (1857–1923)

 A Dutch impressionist painter, and photographer, Breitner's early works, mainly pictures of horsemen, were influenced by The Hague school, and his drawings were praised by the artists Neurdenberg and Rochussen. He studied at the Art Academy in The Hague from 1876 to 1880, and worked in the studio of The Hague school of Willem Maris where he executed still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. After a visit to Paris in 1884 where he studied drawing, Breitner fell under the spell of Impressionism. He moved to Amsterdam in 1886 and became the leading painter of Amsterdam Impressionism. His works centred around the urban growth of the city, particularly scenes of the harbour, the streets, and architecture, and although not always topographically accurate, these works reveal a great passion for colour and movement. He then turned to painting nudes and still lifes, and began to paint a series of works of Japanese girls around 1893, a popular theme with artists at the time. In 1901, he was given an honorary exhibition at the Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. After this, the quality of his work began to decline. Breitner was also a photographer, but his photographs were utilised by him more as a tool for his paintings.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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