A Young Lady with a Red Fan by Eugen von Blaas
A Young Lady with a Red Fan by Eugen von Blaas

A Young Lady with a Red Fan

A Young Lady with a Red Fan c1897 by Italian Painter Eugen von Blaas (1843 – 1931); Also known as Eugene de Blaas) of the Academic Classicism Period. Though he often painted Venetian scenes; he also painted many portraits and religious works of art.

This is a portrait of a redhead young lady standing at the entrance of an stone archway with brick walls on either side that separate the forest in the background from the town or village area.

She is wearing large gold earrings, a gold necklace and a white layered laced shawl that is placed over her shoulders and tied at the front.

Beneath the shawl she is wearing a colorful floral blouse that has short sleeves with white ruffles along the cuffs, as well as rose colored skirt with a white linen apron.

As she holds her skirt with her right hand, she looks to her left at someone in the distance with a smile as she partially hides her face behind an open red hand folding fan with floral patterns on its lower part.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

He was born at Albano, near Rome, to a Tyrolean father and Italian mother. His father Karl, also a painter, was his teacher. His mother, Agnesina Auda, was a well-to-do Roman woman. The family moved to Venice when Karl became Professor at the Academy of Venice. He often painted scenes in Venice, but also portraits and religious paintings.

Among his works are La forma nuziale in sacrestia; La tombola in Campielo a Venezia; Una scena di burattini in un educanciatu; and La Ninetta. The art critic Luigi Chirtani, when the painting was displayed at the Mostra Nazionale di Venezia, described it as Beautiful, flattering, pretty, caressed, cleaned, polished, laundress in a painting by Mr. Blaas, the favorite portraitist of great Venetian aristocrats, dressed in gala satins, shining jewelry, hairstyles of the rich.

His colorful and rather theatrical period images of Venetian society, e.g. On the Balcony (1877; Private Collection), were quite different compared to delicate pastels and etchings of the courtyards, balcony and canals of modern Venice.

Eugene de Blaas’ paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy, Fine Art Society, New Gallery and Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery in London, and also at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

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