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Portrait of a Woman in a Pink Blouse

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Portrait of a Woman in a Pink Blouse

Artist/ Creator
George Hendrik Breitner
Title
Portrait of a Woman in a Pink Blouse
Year
1890
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
194 x 87,5 cm
Inventorynumber
SCH 1980-0016
Category
Paintings

Museum

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Conclusion

This painting is from the prewar collection of Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker.

Explanation

This painting was part of art dealer Jacques Goudstikker’s collection. It was in Goudstikker’s possession at the outbreak of the Second World War. Alois Miedl, who took over the art gallery when Goudstikker fled, consigned the work for sale at a Frederik Muller auction on 8 and 9 October 1940. Goudstikker died in an accident while fleeing the country on 16 May 1940.
An annotated catalogue of the Frederik Muller auction of 8 October 1940 mentions the name Bödecker as the buyer. Yet D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000, cites C. Croes as the buyer (see p. 24), whose son donated the work; the father had worked at Jacques Goudstikker’s gallery before it was taken over by Alois Miedl. When the latter liquidated the gallery Croes received 25,000 guilders, of the 400,000 guilders he distributed among the staff. Being familiar with Goudstikker’s collection, Croes had the foresight to buy the work at auction on 8 October 1940. It remained in the family’s possession until R. Croes donated it to Gemeentemuseum in September 1980.
The museum is in contact with the heirs.

The work is also known as:
Dame in het zwart
Dame ten voeten uit
Dame in ’t groen
Dame dans la verdure

Reconstruction origin

1928-07-17
Olthof (auction), Bussum

RKD images artwork no. 19311; see Olthof cat., Bussum, 17 July 1928, no. 1282 (as Dame in ’t groen)

Before 1928 <> 1929-10-29
A. Neervoort van de Poll (collection), Naarden

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; RKD images artwork no. 19311; see Olthof cat., Bussum, 17 July 1928, no. 1282; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 29 October 1929, no. 82; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 4; GAA 1341 no. 38, inv. no. 2383; SNK archive no. 190

1929-10-29
Frederik Muller (auction), Amsterdam

RKD images artwork no. 19311; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 29 October 1929, no. 82 (as ‘Dame dans la verdure, représentée debout, en costume noir à corsage rose. Elle est coiffée petit chapeau de paille’); GAA 1341 no. 38, inv. no. 2383

1929-10-29 <> 1940-05-16
Jacques Goudstikker (art dealer), Amsterdam

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; RKD images artwork no. 19311; GAA 1341 no. 38, inv. no. 2383; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 4; SNK archive no. 190

After 16 May 1940 <> 1940-10-08
Goudstikker/Miedl (art dealer), Amsterdam

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 4; SNK archive no. 190

1940-10-08
Frederik Muller (auction), Amsterdam

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; RKD images artwork no. 19311; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 4; SNK archive no. 190

1940-10-08 <> ?
Bödecker, unknown

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 4

Before 1980-09-17
R. Croes (collection), Amsterdam

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; RKD images artwork no. 19311 (as J. Croes)

1980-09-17
Donated to the museum by mister R. Croes

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000

1980-09-17 <> present day
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag