George Hendrik Breitner

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Breitner, George Hendrik


Born Sept. 12, 1857, in Rotterdam; died June 5, 1923, in Amsterdam. Dutch painter.

Breitner studied at the Academy of Arts in The Hague from 1875 to 1877 and in Amsterdam in 1886; he was influenced by impressionism. He painted landscapes, portraits, genre pictures, and nudes. His works are marked by a sharp characterization of forms, delicacy of feeling, freedom of brush work, and expressive contrasts and nuances in treatment of light and shade. He frequently depicted the life of the Amsterdam streets, either noisy and bustling or quiet and deserted at different times of the year (Building at IJ Bay, 1897, and Brouwersgracht in the Snow, 1901, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam).

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