portrait of a lady c1720 by michael dahl

Portrait of a Lady c.1720, by Michael Dahl



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Oil on canvas in an excellent period carved and gilt-wood frame.
A fine and utterly characteristic example of Dahl's best work; the sitter has real personality...she is not a bland fashion plate with a doll-like face...but a woman of intelligence who regards us with a level gaze.
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 sitterís turned head impart a subtle sense of movement. She wears the fashionable 'undress' of the time, the material of her clothing being painted with consummate skill.
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: 37.5 x 32 x 2 inches framed (95 x 81 x 5 cm)
Canvas size; 30 x 25 inches (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
PROVENANCE: Private Collection, England


Height = 95 cm (38")
Width = 81 cm (32")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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