Young woman reading in the studio

DAVID OYENS (1842-1902)

Young woman reading in the studio

1901 Netherlands

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Antique French 19th Century Salon scotia frame, laurel & ribbon mouldings, original gilding
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This is a good example of the studies of figures in interiors, occupied by work or pleasure, at which the Oyens twins excelled. Echoes of Vermeer and Chardin resonate in their work; here, the subject does look indirectly back to Vermeer, with its side-lit room and reading woman, but it is also one in the long line of women painted with a book, going back to, for instance, frescoes of Sappho from Pompeii. Here, the catalyst is leisure rather than creation or piety; the woman is so absorbed in her novel that she has become a passive object in the still life of easel, vase and painting box, allowing the light to flow over the almost abstract shapes of skirt and sleeve, and her colouring to become part of the overall harmony.
Height 80.00 cm (31.50 inches)
Width 65.10 cm (25.63 inches)
External Height 105.40 cm (41.50 inches)
External Width 89.90 cm (35.39 inches)
Oil on canvas
'David Oyens. 1901'
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