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 Maris, Matthijs (Dutch painter, 1839-1917) , Butterflies

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Title Butterflies
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): The Burrell Collection
Artist Maris, Matthijs (Dutch painter, 1839-1917)
Date 1874 (dated)
Signed yes
Description

Today The Burrell Collection is renowned for its important collection of French 19th paintings. What is less well known, however, is that one of Sir William Burrell's first passions was for the work of the Hague School artists and for that of Matthijs Maris in particular. There are some fifty oils, watercolours, pastels and drawings by the artist in the collection.

This painting, reminiscent of the work of the English Pre-Raphaelites, was painted by Maris during his stay in Paris. The model was a young girl called Tine Lefèvre, who lived next door to Maris. While some critics have seen this painting as showing the paradisial state in which humans and animals are on an equal footing, another critic - writing in 1917 - complained that the painting was 'a product of hysteria bordering on serious perversion' and that one should 'not paint children in improper postures.'

Current Accession Number 35.330
Inscription front lr 'M. Maris 74'
Subject figure; animal (butterfly)
Measurements 64.8 x 99.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Sir William and Lady Burrell 1944.
Principal Exhibitions International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1888, cat. no. 648; International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1901, cat. no. 1418; The Hague School, Dutch Masters of the 19th Century, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1983, cat. no. 77
Publications International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1888, cat. no. 648; International Exhibition, Glasgow, 1901, cat. no. 1418; Leeuw, R. de, Sillevis, J., and Dumas, C. (eds.), The Hague School, Dutch Masters of the 19th Century, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1983, cat. no. 65; Bionda, R. (et al), The Age of Van Gogh: Dutch Painting, 1880-1895, Zwolle, 1990
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Vivien Hamilton
 

 

 

 

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