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Title Interior with an Old Lady Seated and Cutting Cloth
Collection Victoria and Albert Museum
Artist Weiland, Johannes (Dutch painter, 1856-1909)
Date 1898 (dated)
Signed yes

Johannes Weiland specialised in genre paintings depicting humble Dutch people, such as this, in a style reminiscent of the Hague school. It shows an old woman in a modest domestic interior, cutting cloth at a table by a window. She wears typical Dutch headgear and an apron, and a sabot lies on the floor before her. The artist was born in Vlaardingen, near Rotterdam and trained at the Academie voor Beelende Kunsten in Rotterdam, where he later taught. He was a member of the Pulchri Studio and of the Aesthetic Society.

Current Accession Number P.69-1917
Inscription front lr 'J. Weiland 98'
Subject interior; figure; everyday life
Measurements 54.5 x 65 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry L. Florence 1916.
Provenance Thomas M'Lean, art dealer, Haymarket (label on stretcher).
Publications Kauffmann, C.M., Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, II. 1800-1900, London, 1973, p. 104-105, cat. no. 229.

Johannes Weiland specialised in genre scenes of Dutch peasants. Similar compositions by Weiland include The lesson, sold Sotheby's Amsterdam 5 Nov. 1996, and Monk in a cell, Instituut Collectie Nederland, Amsterdam (Inv. E486). He developed a broken brushwork to represent the fall of light into dark interiors, and his work resembles that of the Hague School. His dark and rather monochrome palette is also reminiscent of seventeenth-century genre paintings by such artists as Adriaen Brouwer (1605/06-1638) and Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685).

Rights Owner © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Author Ana Debenedetti



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