Monday hero: George Breitner

I wrote about the Dutch painter George Breitner (1857-1923) before, about his girls in kimono.

Breitner was born in Rotterdam, and briefly worked in an office there, because his father (typically) didn't believe in life as an artist.

When his father finally came round, Breitner followed lessons in The Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Paris. He seems to have been a difficult student, in The Hague he was sent off for brusque behaviour.

But the man could paint! In Amsterdam he painted everyday, and so modern, life with demolition and construction and busy streets.


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