The Daily Discovery today is this magnificent pastel on paper ‘Young Thea’ by Willy Sluiter.
Willy Sluiter (1873 – 1949) was a Dutch painter, draftsman and graphic designer. In most of his works he depicts beach scenes and the life of fishermen. In addition, his political prints and placards were well known and he was a very popular portrait painter amongst the upper classes.
Willy Sluiter made this drawing for Thérèse (Thea) Blommers, painter B.J. Blommers' daughter. She was born in 1891, thus 11 years old when Sluiter made the drawing. Along with her sister Marie Zoetelief Tromp-Blommers, friends with Piet Mondriaan, she often went to dance at Hamdorff in Laren, The Netherlands.
This work from 1902 is probably a self-portrait of the artist and is signed and dated in the upper right. For more information about this work, click here.