Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff

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Alexander Bakker Korff, portrayed by Paul Tétar van Elven in 1848
Under the Palm (1880, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)
Draft for the above painting (pencil)

Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff (born August 31, 1824 in The Hague , † January 28, 1882 in Leiden ) was a Dutch painter.


Alexander Bakker Korff, the son of the lawyer and politician Johannes Bakker-Korff (1789–1869) and his wife Neeltje Stark (* 1794 in Amsterdam), first learned his trade in his hometown with Cornelis Kruseman and Huib van Hove (1814–1864 ). Then he went to the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten van Antwerpen , where he studied with Gustave Wappers and Nicaise de Keyser .

In 1856 Alexander Bakker Korff settled in Leiden, broke with the academic painting tradition and henceforth almost exclusively portrayed elderly women - in contemporary, middle-class costumes. The carefully painted costumes of those women and sometimes the witty title of the picture made him popular. On the back of his picture Under the Palm , for example, he quoted Heine :

We want to sink down there
Under the palm tree.

Alexander Bakker Korff was part of the Pulchri Studio . His students included Dirk Leonardus Kooreman (1857–1898), Jan Hendrik van Rossum du Chattel (1820–1878), Elias Stark (1849–1933), Jan Jacob Zuidema Broos (1833–1882) and Mathilde Tonnet (1843–1926) .

Alexander Bakker Korff had two siblings - Ada Margaretha and Johannes.

Museums with works by Bakker Korff:


  • In 1870 the Belgian Order of Leopold after a successful exhibition in Brussels
  • Alexander-Bakker-Korff-Strasse in Leiden


Web links

Commons : Alexander Hugo Bakker Korff  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Johannes Bakker-Korff in the Biographical Portal of the Netherlands ; † Johannes Bakker-Korff .
  2. Neeltje Stark .
  3. ^ Heinrich Heine: Poems in the Gutenberg-DE project
  4. Dirk Leonardus Kooreman in the Biographical Portal of the Netherlands
  5. ^ Mathilde Tonnet in the Biographical Portal of the Netherlands .