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