November 6, 2016

2855, 2856 NETHERLANDS (Netherlands / North Holland) - Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

2855 Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum (National Museum) is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw. It was founded in The Hague in 1800 (during the Batavian Republic) and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, where it was first located in the Royal Palace and later in the Trippenhuis. The current main building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and first opened its doors in 1885. In 2013, after a ten-year renovation, the main building was reopened by Queen Beatrix.

2856 Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Portrait of Marie Jeanette de Lange (1900) by Jan Toorop

The museum has on display 8,000 objects of art and history, from their total collection of 1 million objects from the years 1200-2000, among which are some masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. The museum also has a small Asian collection which is on display in the Asian pavilion. Among the painters with works exposed in museum is Jan Toorop (1858-1928), a Dutch-Indonesian painter, who worked in various styles, including Symbolism, Art Nouveau, and Pointillism. His early work was influenced by the Amsterdam Impressionism movement.

One of his paintings is the Portrait of Marie Jeanette de Lange (1900). She chaired the Association for the Improvement of Women's Clothing, which championed, between 1899 and 1926, hygienic, loose-fitting, natural clothing that allowed women greater freedom of movement. In February 1900 she posed at home, dressed comfortably, for Jan Toorop. Using tiny dots of colourful paint, he created a sparkling portrait of a modern woman on the threshold of a new century.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2855
The stamp is one of the two issued by Netherlands for Europa Stamps 2013, with the theme The postman van, about which I wrote here.

On the postcard 2856
The stamp is part of the series Dutch Icons, about which I wrote here

Rijksmuseum - Wikipedia
Jan Toorop - Wikipedia
Portrait of Marie Jeanette de Lange, Jan Toorop, 1900 - Rijksmuseum official website 

Sender 2855, 2856: Pumipat
Sent from Amsterdam (North Holland / Netherlands), on 25.10.2016

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