18th Century French Portrait of a Lady with Blue Dress
A stunning lady portrait of French origin, unsigned, a mid-18th century oil on canvas oval painting of great realism combining the charms of color with the grace of the brush. The grace and delicacy of this young woman here is represented by pastel tones and soft colors. This sophisticated portrait abounds with ingenious flourishes and demonstrations of the painter’s skill and is a fine representation of female beauty which is striking in its portrayal of the sumptuous fabrics and their decorative richness. This exquisite painting depicts a young noble woman elegantly dresses with a blue silk dress with white decorations. Her hair are adorned with adorable colored flowers and feathers and she is holding colored flowers in her hand.
The lady is depicted half-length and the female figure is almost certainly the commissioner of the painting because her gaze – with languid blue eyes- looks directly at the viewer.
Great attention is paid to her luxurious apparel softened by the the tender pose and the serene face in a superbly effective harmony that brings out the dignity , the inner characteristics and psychological aspects as well as the beauty of the model. The graceful pose, rich details and brilliant technique are distinctive features of this portrait and it was a type that was in great demand during the 18th century all-over Europe.
Good age related condition, the canvas has been relined thirty years ago circa, new stretcher. It comes from a private Milanese collection.
The antique carved and silver-leaf frame, decorated with flower patterns in each corner and oval beaded profiles is in good condition but shows signs of wear and age.
height: 93 (81) cm
width: 77.5 (66) cm
depth: 7.5 cm
The work depicts St. James, recognizable by the attributes of the book and the obstinate determination of the apostle, guided and illuminated by his faith. The painting is in good age related condition; we desume the canvas was originally oval, see picture below, then relined in rectangular with new frame. It comes from a Milanese private collection. Set in a modern giltwood frame measuring 88 h. by 77 w. by 6 cm.Period: 1880