portrait of a lady c1700 by michael dahl

Portrait of a Lady c.1700, by Michael Dahl.


| $12,450 USD | €10,594 EUR

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Oil on canvas in a gilt 19th century frame.
This portrait is a fine example of the artistís eloquent depiction of aristocratic women. In terms of both draughtmanship and pose Dahlís female portraits are noticeably softer and gentler than Knellerís, and thus allow for a greater versatility in the expression of feminine beauty.
Dahlís works are frequently distinguished by a greater attention to the character of the sitter than those of his rivals, and he particularly allowed a softer aspect to the surfaces of his sitterís costume and drapery. His colours are silvered and luminous, and there is a great charm and sensitivity in the overall expression of the sitter. In this example, the drapery and sitterís turned head impart a subtle sense of movement. She wears the fashionable 'undress' and her hair is tied with blue silk ribbons.
This painting is absolutely typical of Dahl's highly skilled sensitive portraiture and is of great quality, allowing one to gain an insight into the character of the sitter; here the sitter looks out at the viewer with a quiet and intelligent good humour, with just a hint of seductiveness in her eyes...in every way this is a superb portrait.
MICHAEL DAHL (1659 - 1743).
Dahl was a painter of exceptional talent and regarded as the only really serious rival to Sir Godfrey Kneller, for royal patronage, during the years 1690-1714. Dahl's patterns were undoubtedly indebted to the fashion set by Kneller, but Dahl had a lighter palette, his brushwork applied in shorter and more careful strokes.
His self portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and he is famed for having painted a series of wonderful female portraits for the Duke of Somerset, now at Petworth House, and known as the Petworth Beauties.
Dahl's portraits of members of the royal family hang at Kensington Palace and Windsor and other examples of his work can be found at the Tate and National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
SIZE:37 x 32 inches including the frame.
PROVENANCE: Possibly a member of the Weldon family of Hampshire. It was in their collection since at least the 1900s when it was in the inventory compiled by Colonel Weldon.
Internal Ref: 9155


Height = 94 cm (37")
Width = 81 cm (32")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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