These photos from Maurits’s private album exude happiness. He and Jetta got to know each other in the spring of 1923. They met in a guest house in Ravenna and their love grew over the next few months.
Plans to marry were soon forged, though this was mostly due to their parents. The pair would have rather had some more time to discover the world without this kind of baggage. When Jetta moved to Rome with her parents in November 1923, Maurits went with them: he couldn’t be without her. This series was made on 27 January 1924 in (what was probably) the house of the Umiker family on Via Nicotera in Rome. The sheets hanging out to dry form an improvised background for the lovers and the glances they exchanged.