Breitner’s Girl in Kimono series: Elegance in Presentation

dievca had plans to see a certain Art Exhibition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch this Spring. Scheduling got in the way and she missed the exhibition.  Instead, dievca made her way to the Rijksmuseum for another Art Installation and ran into a few unexpected surprises.

One surprise was:

All of George Hendrik Breitner’s versions of
Girl in a Kimono
together for the first time

The countless versions of a girl in a kimono, which is considered an icon of Japonism, emerged between 1893 and 1896. Young model Geesje Kwak posed for almost all of his paintings, being immortalised in the process. Based on new research, the exhibition displays the full series of 14 paintings for the first time, including a hitherto unknown ‘Girl in a Red Kimono’ from a private collection. Besides the paintings, there are also drawings, sketches and photographs used by the artist in preparation.

dievca was entranced! How elegant, sultry, beautiful. How simple to present:

dievca may not be able to afford to buy a real Kimono — but the effect (a poor 2nd) could be reproduced for Master in an elegant way with a Silk Robe. So, dievca went digging in her closet and here’s what she found to Present in:

H and M Green with black beading Kimono

H&M Green with black beading Kimono

Only Hearts Silk Floral Robe and bottoms.

Only Hearts Silk Floral Robe and bralette/bottoms.

Oscar de la Renta Red Satin Robe

Oscar de la Renta Red Satin Robe

All three robes have a different look or feel — but they should be fun to work with in developing Presentation Outfits. What is in your closet for presenting to your Sir or Madame?

(Photo Gallery: dievca Rijksmuseum May 2016)