Breitner, George Hendrik

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Breitner, George Hendrik Gender: M
born on 12 September 1857 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Rotterdam, Netherlands, 51n55, 4e29
Timezone LMT m4e29 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Schepel
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 19°59' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 14°45 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 09°17'

George Hendrik Breitner (by Willem Witsen)


Dutch painter and photographer.

Breitner is primarily known an painter of Amsterdam cityscapes, nudes and genre studies. With his friend Willem Witsen he shared an interest in photography. Using hand held camera's he made snap shots of city life.

Breitner was the son of Heinrich Breitner, a clerk, later commissioned grain dealer in Rotterdam and Marie Anne Henriette Gortmans. Till age 14 he went to school, thereafter he worked as a junior clerk in a grain trade firm like his father. Around age 17 or 18 he decided to become a painter. End 1875 he went to the Hague Drawing Academy of J. Ph. Koelman. He followed this evening school till 1882 and combined it with work and study over day. From January 1875-1876 he visited the Royal Academy of Art at The Haque, got a diploma for drawing teacher, and started to give lessons in 1878. He also taught art at the Rotterdam (1882-83) and later studied again at the Amsterdam Academy (1886-1887) and at the Académie Cormon in Paris (1886-87).

Breitner first wanted to become a history painter, but around 1882 he decided to become "Le peintre du peuple" , painting ordinary people in the streets, their houses and their life. In 1886 he moved to Amsterdam and fulfilled his wish as a member of the Amsterdam Impressionistic school.

He also was connected to the Haque School of painting, the cultural movement of "De Tachtigers". Painters like Isaac Israëls, Willem Witsen and the poets Willem Kloos and Lodewijk van Deyssel belonged to his friends.


On September 18 1901 Breitner married Maria Catharina Josphina Jordan (1866 - 14 Sept 1948) at Amsterdam.

During his life he had often financial trouble.

Breitner died on June 5 1923 in Amsterdam at age 65.


  • (has as) teacher relationship with Maris, Willem (born 18 February 1844)


Source Notes

Schepel quotes Municipal Archive of Rotterdam for 12091857 at 21h00 LMT in Sterrentijd 2 No17.


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
  • Vocation : Art : Photography
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher