The Rijksmuseum has acquired Girl holding a basket of plums by Cesar van Everdingen (1616/17-1678). It is painted in strikingly bright colors. The hat and the Brazilian basket the girl is holding give the painting an exotic quality. The painting was unknown until it entered an auction in London last year.
The museum already owned Young woman warming her hands, probably an allegory of winter. Both paintings are mentioned in the painter’s inventory made up after his death. After restoration the painting will be shown in the Philips wing of the museum in the course of 2010. In 2013 it will get a place in the new display of the permanent collection.