portrait of a lady c1695 circle of michael dahl

Portrait of a Lady c.1695; Circle of Michael Dahl.


| $6,004 USD | €5,730 EUR

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Oil on canvas in a period carved and gitwood frame.
Our portrait captures superbly the ostensibly modest yet seductive character of the sitter..
It is a good example of the way that Dahl and his Circle eloquently depicted aristocratic women. In terms of both draughtmanship and pose, Dahl's female portraits are noticeably softer and gentler than Kneller's, and thus allow for a greater versatility in the expression of feminine beauty.
Dahl's 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 sitter's 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 sitter's turned head impact a subtle sense of movement. She wears the headcloth often seen in Dahl's portraits at this period; her gown is fashionably revealing, the supposedly modest drape of diaphanous material over her decolletage conceals little.
MICHAEL DAHL (1659-1743) 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, and 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 32.25 inches inc. frame.
PROVENANCE: Old private collection in south Herefordshire. Deceased estate.
Internal Ref: 9004


Height = 95 cm (38")
Width = 82 cm (32")
Depth = 5 cm (2")

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