Helene Fourment "im Brautkleid"
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Helene Fourment "im Brautkleid",

um 1630/31
Material / Technology / Carrier
Eichenholz
Dimensions of the object
163,5 x 136,9 cm
Displayed
AP OG Saal VII
Department
Flämische Malerei
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
340
Acquisition
1698 durch Kurfürst Max Emanuel von Gisbert van Colen erworben
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubens, Helene Fourment "im Brautkleid", um 1630/31, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/6kLaZ8PG8V (Last updated on 11.01.2022)
Originally planned as a three-quarter length portrait, the dimensions of this picture of Rubens’s second wife were increased to its present monumental format during the painting process itself. Despite its representative effect Rubens reduced the overall impression of formal grandeur. Although his wife is seated on a chair he depicts it at a slight tilt. In this way, he introduced a spontaneous and refreshing note that matched her youthful age. At the time of their wedding on 6 December, 1630, Helene Fourment was just sixteen years old and, as such, thirty-seven years younger than Rubens.

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