Arts Everyday Living: Through the Eyes of a Dutch Impressionist, Vincent’s Colleague

George Hendrik Breitner, Girl in a White Kimono, 1894, oil on canvas, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Solitude and reflection are necessary to give to wishes the force of passions.

Mary Wollstonecraft*

Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner (1857-1923) painted often in the Impressionist style and worked with fellow countryman Vincent van Gogh, early in the latter’s career.  Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was a pioneer in supporting women’s rights in the 18th century.  Her daughter Mary Shelley later wrote the classic thriller Frankenstein still popular today.

*A Vindication of the Rights of Women

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