Category: portrait

Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755 -…

Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755 – 1842): Princess Youssoupoff (1797) (via Tokyo Fuji Art Museum)

Daniel Vertangen – Double portrait of Jan Valc…

Daniel Vertangen – Double portrait of Jan Valckenburgh and of Dina Lems, Valckeburgh’s wife – ca. 1660

Jan Valckenburgh (1623 – 8 July 1667) was a civil servant of the Dutch West India Company. Valckenburgh began as a simple assistant-trader, but managed to make career up to one of the highest ranks, that of Director-General of the Dutch Gold Coast, twice.

Valckenburgh became a commissioner in food supplies in Luanda in 1643 and returned to Amsterdam in 1649, after the recapture of Luanda by the Portuguese. It is likely that he married the same year to Dina Lems from Flushing, a daughter of former Governor of Dutch Brazil and later Luanda, Adriaen Lems.

During his leave in Amsterdam between 1659 and 1662, Valckenburgh commissioned a portrait of himself and his wife with the painter Daniel Vertangen. In 2002 it was considered the only painting of a Director-General of the Gold Goast in service of the Dutch West India Company, but a portrait of Director-General Jan Pranger has been identified since as well. He is painted with a black house slave and with Fort George on the background.

Both portraits were bought by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in 2002.

Daniel Vertangen (1601, Amsterdam – ca.1683, Amsterdam), was a Dutch Golden Age painter.

Uemura Shōen (Japanese, 1875 – 1949): Beautifu…

Uemura Shōen (Japanese, 1875 – 1949): Beautiful Woman Reading a Book (1941) (via Tokyo Fuji Art Museum)

oncanvas: She Was Learning to Love Moments to…

oncanvas:

She Was Learning to Love Moments to Love Moments for Themselves, Amy Sherald, 2017

oil on canvas
54 x 43 in. (137.16 x 109.22 cm)

Annie Swynnerton (English, 1844 – 1933): The L…

Annie Swynnerton (English, 1844 – 1933): The Letter (via Royal Academy of Arts)

oncanvas: Patrick and Omari, Jordan Casteel, …

oncanvas:

Patrick and Omari, Jordan Casteel, 2015

oil on canvas
71 ⅞ x 56 ⅛ in. (182.6 x 142.5 cm)

“My interest as a painter to represent black men also comes from my own personal engagement with my family – it was shortly after Trayvon Martin was killed, and I was on the phone with my twin brother, and I couldn’t help but think that Trayvon could have easily been my twin. I felt deeply in that moment that the work I needed to create had to show those men that I love deeply as I see them: as valuable” –– Jordan Casteel

brooklynmuseum: Now On View in our European Ar…

brooklynmuseum:

Now On View in our European Art gallery: Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

This recently acquired portrait by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun—a celebrated and successful woman in the male-dominated late eighteenth-century art world—is now on view at the Brooklyn Museum. After the Revolution in 1789 Vigée Le Brun left France for twelve years, supporting herself through commissions like this vivid portrait of Countess Maria Theresia Czernin that she painted while living in Vienna. The Countess, who may have wanted to emphasize her interest in classical scholarship, is shown holding open a well-known book about ancient Greece. ⁠⁠

Posted by Shea Spiller
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755-1842). Portrait of Countess Maria Theresia Czernin, 1793. Oil on canvas. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, Mrs. Watson B. Dickerman, A. Augustus Healy, Helen Babbott MacDonald, Charles H. Schieren, and L.L. Themal, by exchange , 2018.53 ⁠

Vera Ermolaeva (Russian, 1893 – 1938): Figure …

Vera Ermolaeva (Russian, 1893 – 1938): Figure with a musical score (via Sotheby’s)

Jenny Nyström (Swedish, 1854 – 1946): Portrait…

Jenny Nyström (Swedish, 1854 – 1946): Portrait of a lady (c. 1885) (via Bukowskis)

Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867 – 1945): Mother w…

Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867 – 1945): Mother with child in her arms (via Uppsala Auktionskamarre)