Purchased by Vereniging Rembrandt in 2005.
Marie Jeanette de Lange chaired the Vereeniging voor Verbetering van Vrouwenkleding (Association for the Improvement of Women’s Clothing), which championed hygienic, loose-fitting, natural clothing that allowed women greater freedom of movement. In February 1900 she posed at home, dressed comfortably, for Jan Toorop. Using tiny dots of colorful paint, he created a sparkling portrait of a modern woman on the threshold of a new century.
Painted in a pointillist technique. The subject is placed to the right, facing towards the viewer, while studying a book in the light of a kerosene lamp. She is dressed in a pink dress, so-called reform clothing; her hair is simply piled up. On the table to the left, part of the kerosene lamp is seen, next to a vase of roses on a table covered with a floral cloth. Flowers in a large vase in the background blend with the pattern of the decorative wallpaper.
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