The Earring, George Hendrik Breitner


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"The Earring," a mesmerizing painting by the renowned Dutch artist George Hendrik Breitner, is a captivating portrayal of a standing female figure viewed from behind, her face reflected in a mirror. This masterpiece, created in the late 19th century, is a striking example of Breitner's mastery in capturing everyday scenes with remarkable skill and sensitivity.

The painting captures a private moment frozen in time, as the woman, her identity unknown to us, adjusts her earring while standing before a mirror. Breitner's keen eye for detail is evident in the meticulous rendering of the woman's attire and the play of light and shadow in the room. The subtle interplay between the figure and her reflection adds depth and intrigue to the composition, inviting viewers to contemplate the dual perspectives presented before them.

The use of the mirror in the painting is particularly noteworthy, as it serves as a metaphorical device, reflecting not only the physical appearance of the woman but also her inner thoughts and emotions. The juxtaposition of her visible form and the hidden facets of her personality creates a sense of mystery, prompting viewers to speculate about her thoughts and feelings in that moment.

Breitner's choice to depict the female subject from behind and through a mirror adds an element of intimacy and privacy to the painting. It invites viewers to ponder the woman's identity and imagine the story behind the scene. The artist's ability to evoke curiosity and emotional resonance through this composition showcases his exceptional talent and understanding of human nature.

"The Earring" stands as a testament to Breitner's artistic brilliance, capturing a fleeting moment in time and immortalizing it on canvas. Through this painting, viewers are not only treated to a visual feast of colors and forms but also encouraged to explore the complexities of human experience, making it a timeless work of art that continues to captivate audiences around the world.

Available as a fine art print and as a stretched canvas panel (heavy fine art canvas stretched over 1.5 inch deep edge solid wood frame)

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All prints are made using archival art stocks and UV pigment inks to give up to 200 years life. Prints are sold unframed and unmounted.


All orders for unframed fine art prints and original paintings are dispatched within 2 working days of receipt of payment.

Orders for custom framed prints are dispatched within 4 working days.

All orders are fully tracked from dispatch to delivery at your home or business.

All print and original painting orders are fully insured against loss or damage in transit. We refund or replace any damaged or lost orders.

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Size and Printed Materials

Fine art papers are printed without any additional white border Please let us know at the time of ordering if you would like a small additional white border.

Rolled canvas options have an additional white border of approximately 2.5 inches (7cm) on all 4 sides to aid stretching.

Ready to hang canvas panels are stretched on 1.5 inch deep solid pine frames from sustainable forestry sources. The image is mirrored on all 4 sides to give an aesthetically pleasing finish.

Gift Wrap Option

Why not have us gift wrap your order and attach a personalised message to the recipient. Available for all orders. Each order is hand wrapped in high quality gift wrap with meatllic ribbon and bow. Your personalised message is printed on a card which is included with your order.

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Framing Options - Instructions

We have a wide range of frames in standard sizes and we also make custom size frames.

To order a framed print:

1. select the print size you would like along with the print materials (matte paper, fine art paper).

2. Add your print choice to the basket.

3. Choose from our range of frames

4. Select the same size as the print you have added to your basket. If the frame size you want is not listed please contact us

5. Choose from the mount or no-mount option

6. Add your frame choice to the basket

7. Proceed to checkout.

Why Choose GalleryThane?

  • Printed and framed in-house
  • Free UK delivery
  • Free EU and USA delivery on orders over £200
  • Tracking and insurance included in every order
  • Fast 1-3 day dispatch
  • Gift wrapping service available
  • Gallery quality materials
  • Sustainable, eco-friendly packaging
  • Great customer support
Popular Frames - All Sizes Available (Square, Landscape, Portrait, Panoramic)

What makes our Prints and Canvas Panels so special

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Latest Giclee Printing Technology

We have invested in the latest wide format print technology to produce museum quality giclee prints utilising the highest quality pigment inks to give outstanding colour reproduction.

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Museum Quality Archival Fine Art Papers

We print on the finest quality fine art papers with textured, smooth and lustre finishes for prints which last a lifetime.

From aceo miniatures to 40x80 inch large format, every print has our lifetime quality guaranteee.

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Solid Wood Frames, Cotton Canvas

All of the wood for our canvas panels and frames is responsibly sourced from manages forests. Our cotton canvas is completely seedless for the highest quality reproduction possible.

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This was a present for my wife and she loves it. The quality is very good. Thanks for your excellent service.

Fantastic packaging and a stunning print. Thank you!

Great quality and a good idea to include a 'free gift' mini-pic to show what the other finishes are like.

Really excellent print quality! I have just had my print framed and it looks great thank you

This arrived quickly and is great quality, thank you! :)

My art print arrived quickly and in excellent condition! Very high quality print! Thank you!!

love my print! Very fast professional service Thank you very much

I ordered the canvas panel as a gift for my sister and she was delighted the canvas is really good quality and perfectly stretched. The finish on the back was really profesionally done too

Amazing print well printed and a reasonable price

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