Girl without Pearl Earring

Girl without Pear Earring by Bas Nijenhuis

Girl without Pearl Earring
by Bas Nijenhuis
© Bas Nijenhuis

Bas Nijenhuis (b.1976) undertook an MA degree in psychology at the Klassieke Academie voor Schilderkunst, Groningen. His work has been published in numerous magazines and periodicals in the Netherlands and exhibitions including Pictura Groningen (2017) and Kunst und Cultuur, Assen (2018).

The portrait is of Fareda, a young woman who Nijenhuis first saw on the street and approached to ask if she would sit for her portrait. Like much of his work, this portrait references and reinterprets traditional Dutch art, such as in the use here of an antique frame. In other pieces he takes the traditional blue and white patterns of Delft china decorations and reuses them to give contemporary meaning.

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