Juive de Tanger
Juive de Tanger c1874 by Belgian Painter Jean-François Portaels (1818 – 1895); Oriental Style Portrait Painter.
This is an elegant portrait of a young Jewish lady from tangier that is in a thoughtful seated pose as she looks off into the distance at her right.
She is wearing a blue silk kerchief on her hair with an orange and light blue cloth on top of that with a silver floral brooch attached to the top and three silver buttons attached to the side.
She is also wearing large orb and teardrop gold earrings, double row gold orb necklace with a ruby at the center, a gold breast plate; as well as a turquoise gold ring on the middle finger of her left hand.
Finally she is wrapped in a large white shawl with stripe patterns of white cloth and white silk weave.
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
Jean-François was born in the Flemish Brabant Belgian municipality Vilvoorde, to the mayor of Vilvoorde a rich brewer; and spent much of his time growing up drawing scenes of his native town.
In 1836 his father sent him to the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels; which was established in 1711 and he studied under the Belgian artist François-Joseph Navez (1787 – 1869), who himself was a student of the famous Neoclassical French painter Jacques-Louis David (1748 – 1825).
Five years later Jean-François journeyed to Paris and enrolled at the French Academy, Ecole des Beaux-Arts to continue his studies; studying in his spare time the old masters in the Louvre, as well as visiting the Paris Salons for inspiration and to research artistic trends in France.
At the time Orientalism was becoming a popular trend in the arts, and this had an influence on Jean-Francois; also at this time he became a student of the historical French painter Paul Delaroche (1797 – 1856).
In 1842 on his return to Belgium he won the Grand Prix de Rome, and the money he made from this win allowed him to travel to Italy; where he visited Venice, Florence and Rome, and then later to Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Judea, Spain, Hungary and Norway.
During this trip he had the ability to paint portraits of some of the prominent individuals at the time, such as the Viceroy of Egypt.
After 5 years Jean returned to Belgium and accepted the appointment as the director of the Academy in the Flemish Municipality of Ghent.
Jean-Francois was a prolific and versatile artist that painted across a broad spectrum of genres, including historical paintings, biblical paintings, portrait paintings, landscape paintings, genre paintings and Orientalist paintings with along with portraiture was his main focus.