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Portrait of Hélène Fourment

Portrait of Hélène Fourment

Peter Paul Rubens (in circa 1630-1631)

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    This artwork was made in preparatory study for oil painting in Munich

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Thank you, that is indeed the case (as you can also read in the accompanying text). With kind regards, Els

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In 1630 the 53-year-old Rubens married a 16-year-old girl named Hélène Fourment. She was the youngest daughter of Daniel Fourment, a merchant dealing in silk and tapestries in Antwerp. She was an acclaimed beauty. Rubens himself wrote: 'I prefer a wife who does not blush with shame when I take my brushes in hand'. He made this drawing as a preparatory study for an oil painting now in the Alte Pinacothek in Munich.

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Title Portrait of Hélène Fourment
Material and technique Black chalk, in places red chalk, heightened with white
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 488 mm
Width 320 mm
Artists Tekenaar: Peter Paul Rubens
Accession number V 45 (PK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen 1940 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1940
Age artist Between 48 and 58 years old
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Material
Object
Technique
Highlight > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Peter Paul Rubens

Siegen 1577 - Antwerpen 1640

The Antwerp painter Peter Paul Rubens was appointed court artist to the Duke of Mantua in Italy at a young age. In 1603 he travelled to Madrid, where he was...

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