Paul-Antoine Hallez, Portrait Of A Lady With An Umbrella
This early-20th-century portrait by French painter Paul-Antoine Hallez (1872-1965) depicts a formidable lady with her left hand resting on an umbrella. It has an unusual atmospheric quality and the details are lifelike and sharp.
The subject is wearing an impressive outfit incorporating a large lace jabot, wide-brimmed black hat, embroidered silk cuffs with lace flounces, and a fur draped around her neck.
We spoke to a collector of antique fashion, Michaela Herron-Ward, who explained how difficult it was to move when wearing such an outfit. So perhaps the lady’s stern expression is due to her backache rather than her personality…
Paul-Antoine Hallez was highly regarded during his lifetime and trained under Pharaon de Winter (1849-1924) and the brilliant portraitist Léon Bonnat (1833-1922).
The painting is signed and dated in the upper left.
Oil on canvas
25½” x 32” / 65cm x 81cm
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The paint is particularly flaky and there are many areas of paint loss. There’s a chance that more could be lost during transit. However, despite this, the painting still serves as a wonderful decorative centrepiece.