The model for this painting was called Geesje Kwak, then a sixteen-year-old housemaid from Amsterdam. She is dressed in a Japanese kimono, a popular subject for Breitner. He made thirteen paintings of girls in kimonos, inspired by Japanese prints, which he as well collected. However, for Europeans, wearing Asian clothing since long also had a sexual inference.


  • Title: Girl in a White Kimono
  • Creator: Breitner, George Hendrik
  • Date created: 1894
  • Physical Dimensions: olieverf
  • Subject Keywords: Kwak, Geesje
  • Rights: http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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