- Dutch registers of births, marriages and deaths
It’s a separate issue, but I merely note here that this painting does not look like the majority of Maris paintings you can find on the Internet and I simply don’t know why. Likewise, it is rather puzzling that though Maris was living, working and well-known in Amsterdam at the time of the van Wezel bequest, it seems that he was not asked to date the painting (the range 1895 - 1922 is very wide for a modern work) or offer a title. And where was the sitter in 1922 and why wasn't the painting with her? It clutters up the simple morality tale I want to tell, but I have to say that lots of things in relation to this painting seem not quite right. The sitter does look very young, the painting does not look like Maris's regular work, the style could be that of a work painted many years before the dates (1895 - 1922) given to it.
This Post is a heavily revised version of the main claims made in the original December 2015 Blog which I have left online for reference.
On 19 January 2016, a Senior Curator at the Rijksmuseum, Dr Jenny Reynaerts, emailed to tell me that "we have started our research on the woman who was sitting for the painting and hope to adjust the neutral title soon"
On 5 February 2016, I looked again at the Rijksmuseum website where a new text is now attached to the portrait: