Reclining nude

George Hendrik Breitnercirca 1887



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.

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  • 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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