George Hendrik Breitner (Dutch, 1857-1923)
oil on fabric, Framed: 80.01 x 100 x 8.57 cm (31 1/2 x 39 5/16 x 3 5/16 in.); Unframed: 60.5 x 80.7 cm (23 13/16 x 31 3/4 in.). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1985.145
A leader of the Dutch Impressionists, Breitner based this painting on a series of photographs he took of a construction site in Amsterdam. Although seemingly executed rapidly on site, the painting was in fact carefully composed in the studio. Aided by his own photographs and sketches, Breitner portrayed a city in transition. Like his friend Vincent van Gogh, Breitner admired Naturalist literature and was determined to become a ‚Äúpainter of the people.‚ÄĚ
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1985.145
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