George Hendrik Breitner

Dutch , 1857 - 1923

Dutch painter, George Breitner was born in 1857. Following the advice of history painter Charles Rochussen, he attended the academy in the Hague in 1876, but was expelled for unruly behavior four years later. In 1884, he traveled to Paris where he entered the studio of the academic painter Fernand Cormon. He left Paris soon after and in 1886, moved to Amsterdam and became the main chronicler of street life in the city. During the same year the state bought his painting "Horse Artillery" for the new Rijksmuseum. A retrospective of his work was held in 1901 at Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam and in 1909 he went to the United States as a member of the jury for the Carnegie Internationale Exhibition in Pittsburgh.

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