Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Breitner: Girl in Kimono at Rijksmuseum

Breitner: Girl in Kimono at Rijksmuseum
Feb 20, 2016 - May 22, 2016
All of Breitner's versions together for the first time.
The countless versions of a girl in a kimono, which is considered an icon of Japonism, emerged between 1893 and 1896. Young model Geesje Kwak posed for almost all of his paintings, being immortalised in the process. Based on new research, the exhibition displays the full series of 14 paintings for the first time, including a hitherto unknown 'Girl in a Red Kimono' from a private collection. Besides the paintings, there are also drawings, sketches and photographs used by the artist in preparation. The exhibition will run from 20 February to 22 May 2016 in the Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum.
There have been exhibitions in the past devoted to this beloved theme of Breitner's, but the paintings of Girl in a Kimono have never been displayed all together. Displaying all the Girl in a Kimono works together, combined with the preliminary studies in the form of drawings, sketches and photographs, as well as Breitner's easel and paint box, gives the exhibition above all an impression of the way in which the painter went about his work in his studio on the Lauriergracht in Amsterdam. Assembling the entire series also offered an excellent opportunity to conduct technical research, during which surprising new insights were gained. These insights are extensively detailed in the exhibition and the accompanying publication.

In total there are 20 paintings on display, including 13 Girl in Kimono works and one nude. Furthermore, 15 drawings and 15 photographs will be displayed, plus Japanese prints. Moreover, there are two beautiful kimonos from the same period as the ones worn in the paintings.

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