A fine mid-19th-century bust-length portrait of a lady in black by Alois Julius Paschek.
This exceptionally detailed piece captures the subject's outfit with great skill. Note the exquisite embroidery, which is almost lifelike, and the beautiful jewellery - rendered to perfection.
How do you read her expression? We’re seeing a lady with something on her mind, perhaps a little resistance to having her portrait painted? There’s an element of tension in this piece, which only adds to its intrigue.
The portrait is signed/dated and housed within a period frame that’s probably its original.
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 29½” x 36” / 75cm x 92cm Year of creation: 1855 Provenance: Germany Condition: Very presentable following a light restoration. Canvas relined. Frame with some light age-related wear.