The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is a dual timeline thriller set in WWII and present-day Amsterdam. The plot and several characters were inspired by university lectures and archival research I conducted while studying art history and museum studies at the University of Amsterdam.
To learn more about Amsterdam’s turbulent World War II history, read my article “
Amsterdam: the Perfect Setting for an Art Mystery“. To learn more about the artists who inspired the portrait from which this novel takes its name, please read my article about Henri Matisse, Jan Sluijters, Edvard Munch, and Moos Cohen. To learn more about the restitution, please read my article, “ Restitution of Nazi-looted Artwork after World War Two: A Dutch Perspective.”
Here are several photos of the settings and artwork mentioned in my novel.
‘Maannacht IV’, 1912, Jan Sluijters. (Photo COPYRIGHT PICTORIGHT)
Edvard Munch, Girls on the Bridge.
De Blauwe Mantel, Moos Cohen.
Henri Matisse’s Woman in Purple Dress with Vase of Flowers.
Self-portrait, Moos Cohen.
Onze Kunst van Heden, Rijksmuseum exhibition in 1939.
Prinsengracht, Westertoren towering behind.
When standing underneath the ‘bathtub’, you can see the entrances to the Stedelijk Museum (foreground), Van Gogh Museum (middle) and Rijksmuseum (background).
Rijksmuseum with the IAmsterdam sign (now moved).
Spiegelgracht with the Rijksmuseum in the distance.
WWII Memorial honoring victims of Ravenbruck.
Amsterdam at night.
WWII Memorial honoring the Canadian troops who helped free the Netherlands.
Amsterdam at Christmas.
Dutch artwork returned from Germany (April 20, 1950).
The Monuments Men.
MFAA Officer James Rorimer supervises U.S. soldiers recovering looted paintings from Neuschwanstein Castle (Photo credit: NARA / Public Domain)
Celebrating Gay Pride month at the Homomonument Bus/Tram stop.
The Lover’s Portrait with the Spiegelgracht behind. An important location in the novel.