Portrait Of A Noblewoman Holding A Fan
Portrait Of A Noblewoman Holding A Fan by Dutch-Belgian Painter Jan Frederik Pieter Portielje (1828 – 1908); known for his genre scenes and portraits of women.
This is a captivating portrait of a young lady wearing a black headpiece and with a black meshed hair kerchief draped on her hair and shoulders, which is also wrapped across her chest, behind her back and around her left arm, finally resting in her left hand.
She is wearing large ornamental gold earrings, a black choker that has connected to it a cameo like gold and ivory brooch; as well as a gold ring with a pale green gemstone (may be jade) on her right ring finger, a pearl bracelet on her right wrist, while holding a closed hand fan.
The gold color of jewelry matches nicely with the rich tone of her golden yellow with the gold tassels accents around the jacket collar and upper sleeves.
Beneath her jacket she is wearing a white satin blouse and a floral pattern embossed red skirt.
She is sitting on a lavishly decorated chair with gold accents; with the back of the chair being decorated with more floral patterns and besides her is a white satin decorative pillow with gold accents and a blue drape with red and gold stripe patterns.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org
Jan was born in Amsterdam the Netherlands in 1829, the tenth child of Gerrit Portielje, a bookseller, and his wife, Jacoba Zeegers. He was one of eleven children that his parents had.
At the age of thirteen Jan began his studies at the Koninklijke Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts; where he studied from 1842 to 1849, under the direction of Dutch Painter, Lithographer and Illustrator Valentijn Bing (1812 – 1895) and Dutch Painter, Pedagogue (Educator), Draftsman and Lithographer Jan Braet von Überfeldt (1807 – 1894).
In 1851 he traveled to Paris where he stayed until 1853, where he worked as a portraitist; he later settled in he later worked in Brussels and Antwerp where he amassed a large clientel; and would eventually settle in Antwerp
Jan would come to specialize in creating paintings of elegant women in luxurious interiors and gardens; and he would collaborate with other painters that would provide the background and foreground details for his portraits.
Two such artist that he worked with were Belgian Painter Eugène Rémy Maes (1849 – 1931) and Dutch Painter Frans Lebret (1820 – 1909).
His artwork proved to be quite popular in the United States and he worked with several well known dealers of the time; he also had major showings at the Exposition Internationale d’Anvers (1894); and the Exhibition of Living Masters where he was a regular participant form 1848 to 1888.
His artwork was also seen outside of Begium and the Netherlands at the Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering (a market and industrial town in North Northamptonshire, England); and the Bendigo Art Gallery in New South Wales (a state on the east coast of Australia).