It was at the Art Academy in The Hague that Breitner learned life drawing but he totally rejected the Academy’s classical ideals. It expected ‘… me [Breitner] to turn every Dutchman into a handsome Greek. Yes, really! But I wasn’t going to do that. I told them, “My business is only with the fellow you put in front of me. Not with what might perhaps be beautiful!” ' Breitner’s nudes are therefore distinctively realistic and unidealised in style. Although about a dozen Breitner oil paintings of nudes are known to survive, he probably painted far more. He is known to have painted other pictures over at least two such canvases.

Source: R. Bergsma, P. Hefting (eds.), George Hendrik Breitner 1857-1923, Amsterdam 1994.


  • Title: Reclining nude
  • Creator: George Hendrik Breitner
  • Date Created: circa 1887
  • Location Created: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • framing: Decorated wooden frame, partially gilded
  • Place Part Of: The Netherlands
  • Physical Dimensions: w2245 x h1340 cm (framed)
  • Alternate Title: Liggend naakt
  • Type: paintings
  • Rights: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, purchased 1932
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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