A fine early 20th-century oil on canvas depicting a seated older lady holding a book. The artist, Albert Petersen (1875-1957), has captured the expression of a kind and gentle woman. We love the cheeky half-smile and the brightness in the eyes.
Petersen is known predominantly for his portraits and coastal scenes. He exhibited internationally during his lifetime including at the Paris Salon in 1922.
The portrait is signed in the lower right and held within a frame that’s probably the original.
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 32” x 38” / 81cm x 96cm Year of creation: c. 1920 Provenance: Denmark Condition: Craquelure but the paint layer is stable. Frame with some age-related wear. Artist’s auction highlight: £1,616 achieved for ‘Parisisk Kurtisane’ at auction in 2001.