Philippe Swyncop

Portrait Of A Girl

Philippe Swyncop

Portrait Of A Girl

This early 20th-century work by Belgian artist Philippe Swyncop (1878-1949) depicts a seated young lady with a confident expression.

It’s a characterful portrayal by a notable artist with a lively demeanour.

Swyncop was an artist’s artist. Born in Brussels, he travelled extensively, filling his time with international adventures and discussions within keen artistic circles. In letters, he illustrates any remaining space with witty doodles - derived from an overwhelming sense of joie de vivre. His portraits are abundant with smiles, a dangerous inclusion and so easy to get wrong, yet he paints with ease. Swyncop loved his work, never taking himself too seriously.

Here, this curly-haired girl in her favourite dress seems to radiate from the pigments. Not quite smiling, more an expression of mischief. As if she could leap from the page and dance.

For a while, Swyncop lived in the sun-drenched climbs of Spain painting Spanish and Creole dancers with electrifying vivacity. Here, he continued to socialise actively, fully immersed in the artistic world. Charles, his younger brother, was often by his side.

Signed mid-left. Housed within a decorative gilt frame with glazing.

Medium: Gouache and ink on paper
Overall size: 20” x 23” / 51cm x 59cm
Year of creation: c. 1920
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £6,738

Philippe Swyncop

Studied at the Academy in Brussels under Constant Montald and Jean-François Portaels.

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