Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady 1829

Jan Adam Kruseman

Room 16

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Era careca ou rapava o cabelo ao meio?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Zé, Thank you for your question. We don't think the woman was bald or had a shaved head. Her hairline probably starts a bit higher, and because of the way the hair is styled (forward on both sides), it might look a bit odd.
Perian asked:
What's happening with the headpiece? Crazy hairstyles were popular in that period, as were large beribboned headpieces, but I've seen very similar styles in other works by Kruseman and a friend suggests it's an adaptation of a traditional Bavarian costume piece. Is this true, or is it just that many ladies of the period all adopted big pink and white ribbon headpieces?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen responded:
Dear Perian, What an interesting idea. Kruseman is admired by his peers because of his ability to convey colorful fabrics very realistically. The women he paints are part of the fortunate class that can follow the newest developments of Parisian fashion. As the society painter that Kruseman is, he painted their fashionable hair, hats and accessories in full detail. Thus it is likely that this is an adoption of a fashionable hairstyle, a perfect way for Kruseman to show what he can do. Kind regards, Nina

About this artwork

Kruseman was the leading society painter of the Dutch Romantic period. The ladies he portrayed belonged to the rich classes who were able to follow the Parisian fashions. He painted their fashionable hairstyles, hats, shawls and accessories in minute detail. Though this seems almost mocking now, it certainly wasn't at the time.

About the creator

Jan Adam Kruseman

Haarlem 1804 - Haarlem 1862

Jan Adam Kruseman enrolled at the Drawing Academy when he was 15 years old and received lessons there from his cousin Cornelis Kruseman. Between 1822 and 1824, Kruseman worked in Brussels and Paris. He painted historical and religious pieces, but achieved his fame primarily with portraits. He painted portraits for the nobility and wealthy middle class, but also for the Royal family. One of Kruseman's pupils was the painter Josef Israëls.

Object details

material and technique: oil on canvas
kind of object: painting
creditline: Schenking / Donation: H.W Twiss, P.M. Twiss-Martini Buys 1935
inventory number: 1426 (OK)