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  • Portrait of a Woman (Miss Frances Winnicobe ?)

    Artist:
    Opie, John. 1761-1807
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    91x71 cm

Opie, John. 1761-1807

Portrait of a Woman (Miss Frances Winnicobe ?)

Great Britain, 1790s

From childhood John Opie displayed an interest and talent for drawings and an inclination for academic pursuits. He was keen on mathematics. As a self-taught painter, he began making portraits that were a success with the inhabitants of his native Cornwall. When he moved to London in 1780, the young artist caused a sensation, becoming a fashionable portraitist, known as “the Cornish Wonder”. The Portrait of a Woman included in the exhibition is a typical example of Opie’s work. It reflects both the traditions of English realist portraiture that have their origins in the 17th century and features of Romanticism characteristic of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The artist’s keen searching eye allows him to depict his model with a simple immediacy. At the same time, the romantic landscape background, the play of light and shade and the image of the young woman herself as she pulls on a glove with a not inelegant gesture before setting off for a walk or a visit evoke associations with characters from English novels.

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Portrait of a Woman (Miss Frances Winnicobe ?)

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oil

Dimensions:

91x71 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1916; a gift from A.Z. Khitrovo

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-3514

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