Two Women Embracing, 1905
Jan Sluijters (1881-1957)
In 1904 Jan Sluijters won the Prix de Rome, the most prestigious Dutch art award. The prize consisted of a bursary that allowed him to study abroad for four years. However, this painting, which Sluijters produced while in Paris, cost him this award. The jury members were so shocked when they saw the work that they refused to grant him the bursary for the remaining period. It was not only the subject of the painting, two women kissing each other, which caused a commotion: the garish colours and ‘coarse technique’ also made the committee shudder.