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My Room in Delft, 1880

  • pencils (drawing and writing equipment), watercolour, paper
  • 256 x 354 mm
  • Inv. 1957-W-5

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My Room in Delft is a remarkable work from the beginning of Toorop's artistic career. In 1880, he was still studying at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. It is a fairly detailed and realistically rendered drawing of the artist's study in Delft. Although, stylistically speaking, the work is still fully in line with that of artists such as Jozef Israëls and the Hague School, which was dominant in the Netherlands at the time, a preference for a sharply delineated drawing can already be seen that would dominate his (graphic) work from the 1890s onwards. An easel can be seen in backlight on the left-hand side of the window, while on the right-hand wall a desk is drawn, filled with papers and drawings. On the right in the foreground is a large folder with drawings. Sculptures can be seen here and there in the room. On the right-hand side, for example, the underside of a Javanese sculpture has been drawn, which refers to his youth and origins in the Dutch colony. Smaller, but central and complete is a skull that is apparently used as a paperweight. Such details can be interpreted as references to Toorop's interests in the mystical and the exotic, which would be fully expressed in his later work. The Museum of Ghent was able to acquire this drawing together with some twenty other sketches, drawings and watercolours.


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Title My Room in Delft
Date 1880
Period 19th century
Location Delft TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings title and year top left: mijn kamer/in Delft/80
Collection print room
Object type watercolour AAT
pencil drawings AAT
Inventory number 1957-W-5
Acquisition credit purchase
Paelman (coll.)
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300124520 interior views AAT
Keywords Iconclass 22C light Iconclass
22C1 natural light Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
31A211 (human) skull Iconclass
41A251 study; 'studiolo'; library Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
41A721 chairs (furniture forms) Iconclass
41B214 chimney Iconclass
41B2141 chimney-piece, mantelpiece Iconclass
41B2142 chimney ornaments Iconclass
41B22 heating stove Iconclass
48B11 workshop, studio of the artist (in general) Iconclass
48C24 piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture Iconclass
48C24(+32) piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture (+ sculpture) Iconclass
48C51111 studio requisites ~ painter Iconclass
48C5142 picture within picture Iconclass
48C515 tools, implements of painter Iconclass
48C515(+0) tools, implements of painter (+ variant) Iconclass
48C5151 easel Iconclass
48C5153 brushes ~ implements of painter Iconclass
49L66 writing-table, writing-desk Iconclass
61E(DELFT) names of cities and villages (DELFT) Iconclass
92C4 (story of) Venus (Aphrodite) Iconclass
School / Style realism (artistic form of expression) AAT
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Tekeningen, pastels en aquarellen; Inventaris / Moniek Nagels. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 1988 (p. 50)
Jan Toorop : autobiografische herinneringen 1858-1886 ; zoals gedicteerd aan Anton Reichling SJ in 1927 / Jan Toorop, Paul Begheyn. - Zwolle : Waanders Uitgevers, 2009 (p. 58-59, nr. 14)
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