Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Lace Maker

The Four Ages of Woman. The Lacemaker, oil on linen, 50x60cm.
Created for the BP Travel Award and exhibited within the BP Portrait Award 2014 until 21 September 2014.

This painting was inspired by Johannes Verspronck’s ‘Girl in Blue’ at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In this painting the anonymous girl wears a lace edged kerchief (shawl). I have created a similar shawl, edged with original lace from the mid -17th century. My model, however, is completely modern; I painted her just as she was, in her favourite top. I titled it ‘The Lace Maker’ as in the early 17th century girls as young as 5 started learning the craft of lace making and by the time they were as old as my model they would have been accomplished lace makers.

The scalloped mid-17th century Flemish lace used for this painting

For an organised list of ALL blog posts that I wrote during the BP Travel Award project (2 years), please see this page on my blog!

More Blog Posts about Verspronck:
Verspronck’s Style Development
Verspronck’s Quiet Grandeur
A Little Verspronck

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  1. Bonjour,

    Toutes mes sincères félicitations pour ce magnifique portrait avec un travail considérable avec ce châle en dentelle.
    Je vous souhaite plein de bonnes choses à l'occasion de ce prix de peinture.
    Gros bisous

  2. Ah Merci beaucoup! That is so kind of you. Thank you.


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